I liked this book, and enjoyed reading it. Which is saying a lot considering Ed Greenwood came anywhere near it, and you can see his handywork all over it. Greenwood has a tendancy for trying to cram too many characters in one scene, and for writting extremely poor dialoge, his battles become repetitive after awhile. However I'm straying from my point here, this was a very good read and I enjoyed it. It was a good finale to Beyond the High Road and it makes me want to read more and more of the Forgotten Realms (I'm a Dragonlance reader who is branching out after reading anything and everything with Drizzt Do'Urden in it.)
I would like to add one more thing. After reading Spellfire and Crown of Fire (I never finished Hand of Fire or whatever it was because I was so disgusted), I was afraid to spend my money on any book with Ed Greenwood on the cover. I know many people who won't touch a book that has his name on it. I would encourage those people to take a chance on this one...while Greenwood keeps it from being a great book (his style is so obvious you can tell where he mucked it up)...it is still a book worth reading as it will begin to reshape a very important Kingdom in the Forgotten Realms.