2 stars for me equates to fair, I felt like this world was a little bit two dimensional. I had no interest in what happened to the characters, and athough there were enough original elements to keep the story interesting. I thought that Jack could've done more with so many pages of content. It didn't feel like the story progressed, as much as it felt that the resolution was being delayed. The obstacles were just kind of there. I was never surprised when something went wrong. I felt that for such an original world it really didn't have that much majesty, much of the really interesting elements were aluded to in passing rather than focused on to enhance the tapestry of the world he was creating. Even Jack's desciption of our world felt somewhat unreal, and if that was his intention then he was very effective. However, it will keep you interested enough that you can't help but finish it. You will want to know how the story finally resolves. The ending was somewhat interesting, and I may read other Chalker novels in the future, if I could be directed to a more well-rounded piece of literature. Perhaps "The Changewinds" would appeal to fans of Simon R. Green?