Reading Kuzneski’s novels in close temporal sequence definitely helps. The characters seem more better developed and more diverse than they actually are. Otherwise all the heroes seem to be modeled after the same stereotype. They may differ in skin or hair color but that’s it. Another weak spot of the Lost Throne is the lack of a reasonable motivation for the protagonists’ actions and the plethora of coincidences that link individual scenes and subplots.
On the upside, Kuzneski finally got almost rid if his nasty habit of hinting at things to come. It’s still there, he uses this ‘technique’ considerably less often, though. If it were not for the rescue mission subplot this would be Kuzneski’s best novel so far. The Interpol’s guy subplot was rather interesting and could be easily expanded to a good novel of its own. In sum, a mixed experience.