Reading level: Adult
Size: 304 pages
Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
Release Date: August 30, 2011
Stand Alone or Series: Stand Alone?
Source: Review copy from publisher
Rating: 3/5 stars
I got a copy of this book from Fantasy Flight Games in exchange for an honest review. I have previously read a number of books by Tracy Hickman (Deathgate Cycle, Darksword, Rose of the Prophet, and some Dragonlance) and enjoyed them. So I was eager to read his latest work. The book was okay; it presents a very interesting world…but the characters are lackluster and some of the storyline a bit contrived.
Ethan Gallows is a cameraman in a world gone mad. Things are falling apart and magic is real. When he goes along with a reporter to London to film an art show he runs into a powerful woman named Sojourner who wants Ethan to come with her. Ethan wants nothing to do with magic, but when he finds he may actually be one of three scions left in the world who is hosting a dragon he may not have a choice. If the world is to be saved, Karma increased, and the Taint reduced, then Ethan will have to live up to his potential.
Although I enjoyed the unpredictability of the world, because of the lack of description I had trouble picturing it at times. I would have enjoyed more description and a little more explanation as to why the world was the way it was.
The constant switching between the historical scenes at Atlantis and the current day scenes in London, was somewhat awkward and interrupted the flow of the story making it hard to stay engaged in the story. There were also a couple of plot points that were just weird. For example there is a fight scene on the subway that for some reason is told from the recording camera’s perspective….I didn’t understand why. It would have been better to tell it from one of the character’s perspectives, hearing it as a camera recording was just awkward and strange.