As someone who is familiar with his ‘Other Earth’ series, I knew the basic style to expect in his writing. This author does a nice job in writing good characterizations which draw you into the story. His ability to weave the scenery is fluid and descriptive without distracting from the story itself. This is also true with this book. I really liked how this was a departure from the lore of his other series and created a new world with its own set of what I call ‘mystical physics’. This world, while much like the one we inhabit has a magical force that is focused into items called arcana. This arcana has its own set of rules which, while seemingly magical, has its rules (loosely) based on the lore and/or science of our own world. There is even a section after the novel itself which describes the historic references from which the author gains the inspiration for the arcana which I found very enlightening. It contained references that I knew of, and a number of which I was unfamiliar with. For example, the Chekov Gun which is described in the book was inspired by a quote from Russian playwright Anton Chekov.
Regarding the story itself, it keeps a steady pace and is quite entertaining. I liked the main protagonists, but if there was a complaint I had regarding the characters, it would be that we didn’t (admittedly, out of necessity from the viewpoint of the story) get to know much about the antagonist until she played a more vital role in the storyline even though her influence is felt throughout most of the story.
All in all, I recommend reading Zelda Pryce: The Razor’s Edge and look forward to future installments in the series.
For information on the author’s other works, his blog can be found here.