|3 out of 5 stars|
This third book in the series was slightly less enjoyable for me than the first two--but I still found it easy to read and inviting to return to after setting it down to attend to life. I think that's because of Leiber's writing--the man had a vocabulary and wasn't afraid to use it. Plus he takes well-worn story lines and give them his own spin.
It also doesn't hurt that Fafhrd and the Mouser are good-hearted rogues. Despite a parting of the ways between them in this volume, it becomes obvious that they are still, in fact, a team. They may live on the wrong side of the law, but their loyalties to friends, employers, and each other hold solid.
Beautiful writing always wins my heart.