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The book kicks off with a group wanting to build a joint fishing boat between the some of the fishermen of Sanctuary and some of the Beysib fisherman. The idea is that such a joint project would allow a vessel to serve both of needs of those two group, and working together would help bring the two groups better into harmony.
There are eight stories in all here, most of them a bit longer than "usual". Far and away the best one is called "A Breath of Power", which reunites one of my favorite characters (Cappen Varra) with Lalo to accidentally bring an image from the Vulgar Unicorn to life. The other stories seem to wander a bit....there's a plot about the Rankan Empire sending the Third Commando unit to Sanctuary to fight the new Beysib (if necessary), there are plots and subplots swirling around various magic users that don't entirely make sense to me, and the "primary" magic users featured in the first few books (Enas Yorl, Lythande, etc.) seem to have more or less gone missing.
Overall it's a good addition to the series but there are definitely high points and low points. I don't like the overall trend; hopefully we'll stories more devoted to fantastical stuff and fewer devoted to the darker stuff going forward. Recommended, with reservations.
Wait, what are Ischade and Roxanne doing battling each other and over what? Why does Ischade need unqualified stepsons to help her out? What's with this Zip character who in some stories is a disillusioned, callow, youth and in others is such a great leader of a revolutionary army that all the other factions in Sanctuary bow to him?
As usual with Thieves' World books, the format of the book is both its strength and its weakness. Strength in that the stories are imaginative and its very interesting to see different takes on the various denizens. Weak because we get no consistent treatment of characters. Some do not show up at all; others get short shrift; and some play major roles all of a sudden.
In this volume we also learn a bit more about the Beysib. Now, it is no longer enough to denigrate them as "fish-eyes" we actually read a story about the developing relationship between a male and female Beysib. Unfortunately, Hanse Shadowspawn appears and appears to go crazy! Oh well, there is more to come, obviously.