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Reinvigorated my love for the genre.
on 3 February 2017
I absolutely loved this book and I highly recommend it.
Firstly, I should say that the synopsis does not do the story justice; you'd think this was solely another war/ battle based fantasy novel after reading it and whilst the threat of war pervades and hangs over the cast, this is actually a multi point of view character based novel.
It has magic, politics, world building, fights and mystery; everything you'd want from a fantasy novel. But what elevates this above the standard stuff are the characters. The book's structure dedicates alternating chapters to a multitude of lead characters. Initially, I was sceptical because I didn't feel there would be enough page time to give each one sufficient depth and growth: I was wrong, virtually every one is a fully fleshed, flawed and interesting creation.
The fact that you miss each one when the chapter ends, yet look forward to reading about the next one says a lot about the skill of the author. I loved how the actions of one indirectly affected another later and as the book progresses their paths begin to cross and it's a pleasure seeing them interact and influence each other.
The level of care and attention given to the characters and plot by the author makes this a joy to read. It's fast paced, deep and complex yet at the same time easy to read. As expected, plots are left hanging for book two but I can't wait to see what the author does next within this world.
Another masterstroke was to set the entire novel within one city. It means the city itself becomes a part of the story and it was well described and varied.
There were times when the author genuinely shocked me, events and decisions taken by the characters were unpredictable and it made it all the more exciting.
I'd recommend this to fans of Michael J Sullivan's fantastic books.
Brilliant stuff. 10/10