I wasn't sure about what I was getting when I picked up this story. Sure, I knew that I generally liked Luke Daniels... and I also knew that Rhett C Bruno and Jamie Castle wrote one of the best Alternate History/Scifi books that I've read this year (Luna Missile Crisis), but, could they write epic fantasy? Since I generally tend to follow author(s), and I don't have any issues with genre hopping, I decided to give this one a go, even though I'd only read the one book by them. Unfortunately, I didn't initially click with the book. I didn't like one of the main characters... Whitney was such a braggart and he was so over the top that I couldn't warm up to him, and Luke Daniels cartoonish voice performance for this character didn't help either! It wasn't until maybe the last third of the book, where Whitney having run out of people to try to impress, finally (just amongst his traveling companions) dropped that abrasive, assinine attitude, and also most of his ridiculous accent... then he got on with the business of surviving, and maybe incidentally, saving his companions too. It was then that the book finally got on track for me. Don't get me wrong. Even though I ended up appreciating the book, and I even found that the finale was pretty enticing to me, I doubt that I'll be tempted to pick up any more in the series. A 65-70% lame-o book simply can't get a pass from me, and tends to leave me a trifle "gun shy!"