Top critical review
Decent, not up to the series standard, IMO
Reviewed in the United States on February 1, 2016
I've been a fan of the series for years. I think when I started on it there were 3 books out. Robert Asprin started the series, taking on Ms. Nye near the end of his life as a co-writer with some projects. I think she does better with the Dragon books. There is something missing here... it starts well enough, with Skeeve, Aahz, and the usually underused Bunny off to oversee an election. The first few events/stunts run well, but we keep getting more silly stunts without really seeming to GO anywhere. Skeeve is being outclassed as a magician left and right - his reputation is going to go down. Aahz soon returns to the Bazaar, though he will be back rather spectacularly. The chemistry between Skeeve and Bunny is gone. No hints of her being in love with him, and him being usually clueless. Most of the crew do not appear - Guido had 5-10 lines, Nunzio is often said to be standing by Guido, Gleep tags along as much to show "Hey, we have a dragon!", there are references to Massha and Don Bruce, not even that much to Chumley, or Gus, or Markie. There are foreshadowings of something bubbling behind the scenes that may come in another book. The ending they pull a rabbit out of Aahz' s hat that I still do not quite understand. The quotes opening the chapters are still good, though.. Decent book, but not as good as the early ones.