I gave it only 4/5 because I want more!!! :-) But seriously, it doesn't stand on its own. You need to read the first books in the series. That said, it's a fine sequel, and leaves you wanting MORE! NOW!
If you're a fan of PC Hodgell's works, you won't bother reading the review. You'll buy the book anyway, and you won't be disappointed.
If you haven't read Hodgell before, buy "God Stalk" (or "Dark of the Gods," ISBN 1592221149 which contains both God Stalk & its sequel Dark of the Moon) then "Seeker's Mask" (ISBN 1892065347)
Let me throw a few phrases to convey the atmosphere: Richly textured, darkly comic, occassional slapstick, finely crafted world, likeable characters, imaginative and original, intelligent, suspenseful, page-turner. If those words don't resonate with you, don't bother with this series. But if they do, you've got my highest recommendation. You'll have a blast reading these!
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