Despite my obvious enjoyment of this novel, I'm finding it not a simple book to review. David Michael presents the reader with a kaleidoscope of different scenes that are initially difficult to make sense of. I think after a couple of small chapters, I came to a crossroads: should I forge ahead not really understanding what's going on, or should I give up and go on to the next book.
Luckily for me, I had already read some of David Michael's work and had really enjoyed it so it was a 'no brainer'. I'm so glad I kept going. This author has an obvious skill at weaving a story together from seemingly disparate threads. He did so in "The Summoning Fire" and he does so even more deftly in this novel. As I progressed through the book the substance of the story became known to me as subtly as a new history during a Merger. I suddenly understood aspects as if I had always understood them.
I would not describe this book necessarily as a strong linear storyline. I would not state that the characters were beautifully vivid for me. I would, however, describe this book as a work of art; a series of impressions creating an overall picture - a Renoir of print.
My only real criticism would be that the last chapter was unnecessary. The abruptness of the ending the chapter before would have been a thing of beauty - a final brushstroke, so that I could then finally stand back and admire the full canvas.
For those who intend to read it, I strongly suggest not contemplating anything until the very end where one can stand on top of the mountain peak after a bracing climb and enjoy the view.
(reviewed 30 days after purchase)