SFReviews posted a wonderful review of Quintessence today. Here are some of the highlights:
David Walton is a name probably unknown to many of you, despite his having tied for the 2008 Philip K. Dick award for his small press debut, Terminal Mind. He won’t stay unknown for long. The man has brought his A-game to Quintessence, a stunningly imagined adventure saga written with an assured hand.
Walton is something of a literary alchemist himself. He has distilled his narrative to storytelling craft in its best and purest form, never self-indulgent, always focused on maximizing the reader’s emotional involvement. It’s a page-turner. Pacing is brisk, yet not so much it overwhelms narrative depth. Character development is sensitive and, for the most part, resists cliché. Suspense is tight and surprises are always around the proverbial corner.
And even more:
David Walton is a tremendous storyteller, and Quintessence is a rousing and often brilliant epic that deserves to place him among the genre’s stars.
Whew! It doesn’t get any better than that.