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This review is from: The Lions of Al-Rassan (Paperback)
One of the best books I have ever read.
I had read some of Kays other books and was quite impressed but this is far better than any of the others.
The characters are realistic and have a lot of depth; the plot moves along at good pace while seeming to be easy going and relaxed.
The two main characters are superb.
They are likeable, intelligent and interesting.
There are nice flashes of humour which actually work and seem narural (normally the humour in fantasy novels comes across as forced and not at all funny) and the dialog is quick and smart.
The side characters are also given enough space to be memorable. The politics and action are well written and believable.
The ending a slightly overplayed, and that is the one criticism I have of the book.
There is enough in this book that most authors would have expanded it into a trilogy but it's brevity gives it an extra impact that might have been lost otherwise.
In summary this book is well worth the price with almost no bad points and plenty of good ones.