Does anyone ever wonder what the ‘R. R.’ stands for? Probably not. The pages of his novels want to be turned too quickly to get lost in meaningless side-issues. But it sounds cool and looks cool on the cover. The books in some sense mediate the violence and insanity seen on the screen, it’s all there but without the visual reinforcement of splatter and gore. This first novel is the best of his work so far. If you like medieval fantasies with dragons, dig in!