The writing is well done with few distractions. The plot is intriguing and certainly interesting once you get past the first 1/3 or so of the book. The characters feel fleshed out and develop a sort of connection with the reader. I like the idea for the book, I just did not enjoy the enormous wealth of information and set-up at the very start. There is so much to absorb and learn all at once it makes for a struggle to keep reading. Once past that point, the rest of the book is an enjoyable read and certainly has potential. I received an evaluation copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion, which may differ from your own. No compensation beyond the single copy has been accepted.
Firstly, it’s very long. Be prepared to spend quite a while reading, but also be prepared to enjoy reading this one. Very well written, nicely fleshed out characters, intricate plot with a great flow, and detailed scenes that are not overdone. Gwynne’s world building skills are well honed and he clearly understands old school fantasy, swordplay, and how to bring his world to life in a way that keeps you interested and provides hours of enjoyment. Don’t let the length dissuade you from reading this one. Well worth the read for all fantasy fans.
A free copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest unbiased review.