Im not a huge fan of 8pnw maps, but I gave these 2 a look. This isnt my fav.
Play: Its a good map for 2 - 4 players, but not 8. After 4 there is a resource scramble and I find it becomes less a game of stronghold, and more a game of tiberian sun meets AOK. Everyone needs the iron, but there just isnt enough to go around.(0)
Balance: As stated above, there isnt resources for each keep. I dont think this would be a good choice for PT games, maybe rushing, but lets not go there ;)(-1)
Creativity: Good effort, however there isnt anything overwhelming. I think this map would fair better as a 4 player map, as opposed to 8. I think that would boost its mark. (0)
Map: I like the elevated keeps. You still have enough room to build apples on the valley floor, which is good. Lots of strategies here. (+1)