This book is an epic (and heroic) fantasy, a genre I like very much. Though I won’t try to compare this book to the masters, it has a depth of history and a magic system that is really strong. I was very impressed and happily surprised.
The characters in this book are well written, and have a lot of history, which (besides making for great, deep characters) is required due to all the sub-plotting and conspiratorial stuff that is happening in the back ground. The conflict in the book between characters is also powerful, because of the relationships between them. Honor and Duty are difficult values to adhere to when they come in conflict with love and affection. I think that the characters are very much the strong point of the novel.
This may sound trite, but I particularly enjoy strong female leads—at least female leads that aren’t stereotypical (or basically male leads with a gender change). Some authors find it difficult to thread that needle after decades of the industry’s familiar male leads and established norms for them. This author has done a good job with Sullyan. But, I also can’t forget to mention her myriad companions—they too have a depth of character that is admirable. All of these characters are enhanced throughout the story by well-written conflict, both small and epic.
My only real criticism is that the story started out a little slow for me. Being a big fan of action stories, I often look for a rapid introduction to action and conflict in fantasy novels. This one took a while longer to build than I might have liked. Once it got there—no complaints at all. And, I think much of it may have been necessary to build the backstory for this rich novel.
Overall, I thought that this was a good book, and a fun read. I liked the setting, the characters and the overall story. I’m very happy I read it.
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As always, I’ll keep the lantern lit.