Oh well, that dragged.
This mostly served to set the scene for the following books in the Gentleman Bastard
series and to introduce Locke and Sabetha's relationship - at great lenght
, with Locke being a doormat and Sabethe being... not half bad, actually. I liked her much more than I thought I would after reading the reviews. While she's not exactly a likeable character, I can understand her motivations, as little as those motivations are shown.
However, I'm not exactly sure if I like the direction in which Lynch seems to take this series. A bit too melodramatic and mystic for my taste. But - it could all be lie, after all.
That's two stars for Jean Tannen, who quickly became one of my favourite fictional characters ever, although Lynch stressed his mother-hen tendency towards Locke a bit too much in this installment; and an additional star for the brief but fun reunion with Chains.