Having read every book that he has written to date this one was no suprise. A wonderful collection of short stories, long enough and thrilling enough to make you want to read the next one without delay. Like most of his books I find that there is no padding, no areas of text that goes into long boring drawn out detail, that you just want to skip over. With his work you want to read every word!!! Favourite story was most definately "The killing stroke" where he tells a tale of oriental style fighting, that is so removed from the typical martial arts style stories, that you forget that it really is based on martial arts.
"Penance" was right up there too..... a vampire story that was so touching, so full of emotion and stirring that I had tears in my eyes several times while reading this tale.
Great book well worth the reading.