©2009 P.W. Catanese; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
"Catanese packs a lot into the book: rich characterizations (Umber, who turns out to be from another dimension, suffers from depression and wishes he had his meds), well-choreographed action sequences and genuinely surprising twists at the end. An auspicious start to the series." (Publishers Weekly)
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