“It is a short step from having a djinn who serves you to having a god you must beg for favors.”
Keyes redeemed himself with this series-closing story. His particular alternate history was closed in both a satisfying and a consistent way. Good storytelling. Readers not inclined to read all four books of this series won’t miss much by reading one and four.
“… as unaware as a pen of what it writes on the page.”
Inevitably this series will be compared with Eric Flint’s sprawling alternate universe which opens with 1632. The premise of this series works better and is developed more logically. Both are exercises in imagining “what if”.
“If you are no magician, how will you kill him?” “Carefully, Tsar, carefully.”
Quibbles Muskets are not that accurate, no matter who is shooting them. Black powder smoke is white.
“All my old selves follow me as ghosts.”