Interesting premise, interesting character in David but ultimately I was dissatisfied. I have to agree with toryx on Tor.com: "I enjoyed the story a great deal until the religious symbolism brought it to an end and then my enjoyment turned to ashes." (If toryx views this and dislikes its use, I apologize.) Ashes of course is a pun on an aspect of the story which I will not ruin for future readers. I had been looking forward to Vicious but the religious symbolism has me quite concerned about the direction of the novel.