So, de Bie combined some Ghostrider with some Batman and some Crow. He even gives a nod to Drizzt. And he uses his word choice to troll (e.g. there's ..Show More »an Earth Genasi whose expression is described as "stony"). It's exactly the kind of trolling I have done as a writer and would do if asked to write an official Forgotten Realms novel. I can't even complain. But then he introduces this "strong" female character who is a Knight in Silver and has this whole thing about rejecting being a soft noblewoman and being respected (etc etc) - yet she CONSTANTLY needs to be saved. And even the once or twice that de Bie lets her fight and maybe she's going to do well / be badass - she still nearly gets raped and needs saving. I can look past some of the "people trusting their instincts" in order to fast-establish relationships and keep things moving and any other complaint someone could come up with - but really? The "strong" Knight in Silver never actually gets to be strong and successful on her own in this novel. That's messed up de Bie. And it got so bad by the middle that I almost gave up... but then de Bie introduced this convoluted "who is actually related to who and who actually killed who and why" plot line that I needed to see the ending of. It was actually really good and had me piecing together clues to see who was related to who and who killed who and why. That part was well worth the read. Plus, I love his trolling. So, there's some really good stuff in here, but turning a Knight in Silver into a perpetual damsel in distress? I'm not sure I can forgive that.