Cadwal has a new charter, and Gawen Clattuc a new job, but that hasn’t brought peace or accord to the planet.
Sadly, Throy doesn’t live up to its predecessors, Araminta Station and Ecce and Old Earth. It’s still Vance, and therefore a fun read. But he doesn’t seem to have put much effort into this book, which seems a somewhat half-hearted effort to tie up loose ends. There’s not a lot of mystery, and the expected resolution comes about, though with more callous bloodshed than one might anticipate.
All in all, a decent and readable book. Definitely worth reading to finish up the series, but otherwise not interesting enough to be one of Vance’s best.