(Possible spoilers)The story is intriguing and the notion of planting the world in roughly the early 20th century greatly aids in the visualisation of..Show More » the landscapes, the people, their environment and ultimately their everyday struggles.
I found the notion and theme of the key antagonist as a drake to be somewhat coy and the whole colour scheming somewhat overly simplistic. I think Anthony Ryan relies mostly on the richness of the prose and the hear and now as opposed to too much focus on the back story or the lore as it were and that can work really well but with this book I thought perhaps there wasn't enough of either.
Clay is also a bit of a poor anti-hero. He's not flawed enough. Yes he has many moments of doubt and the like but his character didn't really convey the vastly flawed and deeply self interested persona one would expect him to have after spending the majority of his life living on the streets and barely scrounging a life from a career in common crime.
In saying that, I still think this book will appeal to Anthony's fans and also more open minded and somewhat less detail oriented readers. Stephen Brand is also very good at the narration.