New ideas and good execution,
This review is from: Shadow And Betrayal: Book One of The Long Price (Paperback)
If you're looking for the same old fantasy of elves and orcs with clean lines between the good and the bad, this is not the book for you. If instead you're looking for a book that has fresh ideas in a genre that all too often relies on the same ones, this is the right addition to your library.
The introduction of new concepts is handled very well with any exposition handled at the appropriate moments rather than dumped in when the reader first hears of something new. The author has a very clean idea of how his world operates and how the different peoples interact. He also handles the sense of the world moving on without the characters, rather than every major change being about them very well. The characters are interesting and complex with personalities, some of which you'll warm to some not.
For me this was the weaker of two books as there were places in this where things felt like they were dragging and a few spots where not enough was being explained or shown to allow the reader to follow the narrative without a barrage of questions interrupting you.