This book is an epic fantasy yarn, with a tried and true structure that I found comfortably familiar yet original in its own right. I have always had a love for this kind of fiction, whether Tolkien, Tad Williams, Terry Goodkind or Terry Brooks. It is where I started my love for fantasy fiction and is always welcome on my bookshelf. This book fits right in.
I have always found world-building difficult and full of landmines and quagmires. This book is set in a fully and well researched world. It is deep and full of great histories that drive the current conflicts. And, although it bears some resemblance to other stories, it is unique enough that it feels quite different.
The characters in this book are easy to relate to. I especially like the character, Ankah, and his early feelings toward a certain girl and home town–feelings that make this guy human and that continue to change and grow throughout. This character’s personal evolution and character arch are pretty compelling and filled with competing feelings of empathy and sometimes even dislike. But, I always found myself rooting for him.
Overall, I thought that this was a good book, and a fun read. If you like heroic fantasy, or sword & sorcery fiction, I think you will like this book.
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