A solid transitional book. I tend to dislike books there pretty much all the action is in a very short time frame, around 24 hours in this case. I would like to see more long term character development, instead of just a gratuitous action novel.
Not a bad premise or writing but the narration, particularly the voice of the dragon, is grating and obnoxious. Doyle sounds more like a Dad reading a bedtime story to his kid and playing the part of a scary monster than a professional narrator. Very overdone.
I have a hard time understanding how Robert J. Sawyer manages to come up with such great ideas for his novels, and then turns out an entirely mediocre book from them. Sawyer consistently adds diversity to his characters just for the sake of diversity, and it takes away from the story. Not to mention trying to insert little tidbits of his own life when they are entirely unnecessary (The dungeons and dragons scene anyone?).
A few of the voices for characters are actively annoying, in particular female characters. They all have a constant whining feel to them, and it gets old fast.
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