I read this book before LCA 2012, but never had a chance to mention it here. It was the first return to Midkemia for me since I read the Krondor’s Sons books. This book is set a lot later, and there is very little reuse of characters between The Riftwar Saga or even Krondor’s Sons. The only real overlap is the presence of Pug briefly. This book over does its “dirty dozen” aspects, with much of the book focusing on the military training of criminals. The rest of the book feels like a rushed military adventure in a far land, and could have done with some more attention. However, the book isn’t terrible, and I thought it was ok overall.