This is a rather splendid tale, told with charm and intelligence. I've read through it three times in quick succession, because there's more to discover each time you look - always a good sign! JAClement seems very adept at mixing different registers of story, so we get some tense action, humourous asides, thunderous fantasy sequences, and characters that feel lively and intently crafted.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who like a good yarn, though some of the content might unsettle younger or more delicate readers. It's never gratuitous, but it is occasionally hard-hitting.
All-in-all a great read, and well worth the effort. I'm looking forward to the next installment immensely!
A humble, delightful, and perfectly islanded story. I differ with the previous reviewer, and think that the internal details are just right, as is the lack of external content. The writing style reminded me of Armando Ianucci's short stories, but without so much archness.