on November 8, 2009
As with his previous novel "Court of the Air", I only managed to get a few hundred pages in to this. I kept thinking it was going to get better and unfortunately it didn't. The story never congeals into something you can grasp..too many sub-plots, confusing politics, and as others have pointed out, characters with no depth. Stephen Hunt has some great ideas but he gets bogged down in world building and not very clever references to Dickens etc. Stephen are you listening?? Put in a map!