I'd forgotten just how choppy this book was. It shows its bones as a collection of loosely linked short stories too clearly; some sections have no connection to the plot's main through-line at all. Throw in lack of coherent worldbuilding, an obsession with rape (I'd remembered this as the Lackey with less
on-screen rape; I'd forgotten that was because it was in every female character's backstory), and some rather skeevy gender politics, and there's not a lot to recommend it except nostalgia.
Well, that and that it leads in to Oathbreakers
, which memory says is at least more solidly plotted. I'm a little afraid to reread it and find out if my memory lies.