The constant switching of the first person narrative between two characters witnessing the same events was irritating. The back story of the origins of Gentian line and the events in Palatial were a bit dull and disconnected but interesting in places such as the mass repetition of magic spells.
Hesperus and the Machine People were fascinating as were The Spirit of the Air and the Vigilance. The story stalls a little on Neume but otherwise the pacing and suspense are first rate. The ending was a bit of a squib.
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