I just finished Blade of Tyshalle and was sorely disappointed. It was long, self indulgent, and unnecessarily long. Did I mention it was too long? The problem with a high-magic world is that it ruins dramatic tension when anyone, at any time, can go from being at their lowest point to complete victory. Now and again Stover throws in some actual physics, as though that will lend credibility to an otherwise absurd magical system. I read the book thinking that he would work out some of the kinks from Heroes Die, but instead I found them magnified. Fail.