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4.0 out of 5 stars

on 22 March 2009
Although this new series isn't quite as good as The Black Company it is a great read. It is quite a bit better than his Instrumentalities of the Night series which got bogged down in uninteresting names, factions and other details.

As usual Glen Cook caters to the more mature and intelligent crowd instead of the usual teenage target group. It is not as gritty as The Black Company, but it works well regardless.

The strongest negative thing I have to say about this book is that it copies too much of it's land, language and culture from the middle east of earth while it isn't the middle east. I like my fantasy worlds to be fully fantasy and not a quasi earth world with magic. Also since he use very many arabic names it is much more difficult to remember them and get a relationship with them. If he hadn't done these things, I'd have given him 5 stars. Also people that love the romantic style of George R.R Martin might find this book slightly lacking in that regard. If these things doesn't bother you, then you'll love this book.
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