Story Rating: *****
Cover Rating: B
This is the part where all the loose ends start to add up, and they do so amidst pages filled with non-stop action. Where the previous books were action-packed but focused more on character development, this fourth volume shows fully-developed characters thrown into the midst of one treacherous situation after another. Yet still, even four books into the series, Eddings has quite a few surprises in store for readers.
The cover is moderately eye-catching and offers an accurate description of what readers should expect from the story. (Please note: the cover being rated is the mass market paperback version that I own. There are numerous other editions with their own unique covers.)