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By:David Layton, Los Angeles, United States
Date:Thursday 10 February 2005
Rating:   7

In this novel, Martin Day manages to keep several mysteries going and reveals them at just the right times, though the main mystery, the identity of Zaitabor, becomes clear too soon. The Doctor and his companions are well managed. In particular, it is entertaining to see Zoe handle matters on her own, without always relying on the Doctor or Jamie to get her out of a "situation." The novel might win the award for the funny names in a SF book award: try Mecrim, Defrabax, Zaitabor, and Rexulon, for instance. Not quite as outlandish as Zaphod Beeblebrox, but close, and thus too humorous for an otherwise serious novel. Another problem is the mixed medieval/high tech culture of the main setting. Though there is some justification for the high tech part, feudalism is not the obvious form into which a society would degenerate, and this one is just too close to movie medievalism to be convincing.

A Mixed Bag

By:Trevor Smith, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Date:Friday 7 June 2013
Rating:   7

A slow start for a book that starts out to much like Tolkien novel for me (I'm not a fan of Tolkien ) and is quite slow builds into quite a good but very violent ending. This I quite an adult book in many ways. Zoe & Jamie are handled very well and aren't reliant on the Doctor. Not bad, not bad at all.

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