James Shade writes in a smooth, easy to read style that snares you in, and carries you along to the very end. I have to say that this book was a pleasant surprise! Set in the fantasy city of Islar is a fresh story-line, believable characters, and a couple of nice twists in the mix. One thing that impressed me was the higher level of language that was used in this book. The authors characters are compelling, the settings have both brutality and honesty and the plot has unexpected turns. This promises to be an interesting series - and I need answers, but I'll have to wait for the release of book two to get them. I can't wait!