A thoroughly unispired book. Though the main characters show some depth, this is vastly overshadowed by the hordes of cardboard cutout characters that make up the rest of the cast. Further, nearly all characterization is the sledge-hammer method: If a character is a coward, you're told he's a coward, rather than being shown his cowardice. While this can be a useful technique, it really gets on the nerves, especially as you're introduced to character after character, thoroughout the book, each one accompanied by a 'resume'. ALl that being said, though, and it's not a bad book. It's readable, and somewhat enjoyable. If you're looking for something to read, and there's scant else, then this is a safe choice.