Top critical review
Lots of fluff, no substance.
on May 27, 1999
This book is a fine example of everything Ed Greenwood does wrong when he writes a novel. Ed seems incapable of creating characters who are anything short of omnipotent. Storm can always fall back on some poorly explained mystic power whenever her sword-weilding abilities or wits fail her. This is terrible because it dampens all of the excitement of the fight scenes. No matter how well the author could choreograph a fight ( and I'm not saying he does it well), the reader is bored because he knows somehow this Storm character is in no real danger.
Ed's supporting characters are usually stereotypical, and the nobility described in this book are no exception. They are snobish, condesending, and incapable of displaying any intelligence that could save them from their impending doom. Ofcourse it is up to Storm to gallantly and selflessly save them from their ignorance. Please!
Ed "peppers" his book with nude scenes of Storm that do nothing to develop the story, and are completely inappropriate to the moment at hand. Who is he catering to? Adolescents? He reveals more about Storm's anatomy than he does about her character, her motivations, her past, or her fears. Instead of writing a believable, living, breathing character Ed fails and creates a pin-up girl.