I had read the first three books a few years ago and I was quite looking forward to this one. It started of very slow but this might have been that it took me a while to remember the characters. After the first fifty pages it picked up and I remembered why I enjoyed the first three books. It turned out a good read and I wont wait as long to get the fifth book.
Have read the four prequels in this series and the thing that i always love about Gemmel books are they are descriptive enough to the point of leaving the rest to the minds eye to enjoy your own bit of creativity.
What more can I say. It took me two days to read it, I could hardly put it down, David Farland weaves a magical web, that draws you into the story, and makes you almost believe you can taste, smell and feel everything that the characters do. I would recommend this book to absolutley anyone, easily comparable to Tolkein.
Only the knowledge that Farland wrote the next book in the series using the son of the earth king, enabled me not to weep at finishing the book. So much still to learn, so many characters to meet again. This series will become a classic.