This book shows some slight signs of improvement over its predecessors. It is the fourth of the initial cycle of five, in the dozens of Dray Prescott sword-and-planet books. Many otherworldly swashes are buckled in this one, but it seems that towards the end of it the narrative starts to acquire a wry sense of humor, striking off in a direction that just barely reminded me—however faintly—of James Branch Cabell.
Early on, the author provides a stunning discontinuity, where he inserts his protagonist into a desperate cliffhanger of a situation, and then simply jumps forward to a point well after its unexplained resolution, chalking up the lacuna to a gap in the audio tapes which were his supposed source material! This lackadaisical approach to yarn-spinning is why I’m not pursuing these books with much zeal, and I lack confidence that the next book (ending the “Delian Cycle”) will even arrive at a satisfactory climax. [via]
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