This is more of a character study than a fantasy adventure. The Sithe are long lived with a perspective of length and breadth. They do not live in the moment. Their relationships are complicated and commingled with their society. The expulsion of Seth and Conal to the mortal plane is a harsh punishment.
Mortals, of necessity, live short miserable and often angry lives. Seth and Conal are forced to re-evaluate their lives based on a new standard. The characterizations are excellent. The story has a gritty reality.
A clash of wills with the Queen leaves the brothers with little room to maneuver. Disaster follows disaster, violence begets violence. This book is not for the faint of heart and may provoke depression if you really delve into the plot. David Feintuch evoked similar feelings of despair in his Seafort series and it turned out to be an outstanding series so you may want to plow through this book in anticipation of the next one.
I am hoping the next book has a lighter feel.
I recommend the book.
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