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David HartwellMr. Eddings's prose is competent but undistinguished, and his characterization is relatively flat; one cannot have too much growth and change if the characters may have to last for many more volumes in rigid roles. The writer's appeal appears to reside in a cavalcade of incidents whose only point seems to be moral instruction, often with wisecracks - scenes either provide overt examples of good and bad behavior or show and tell how to behave under specific circumstances.... This book is as solid as a marshmallow, and as nourishing, attenuated and inflated to unnatural size.
— The New York Times