This book is a must have for all fantasy lovers. I have read Tolkien, George RR Martin, Robin Hobb, Pullman, Terry Goodkind (not proud of that one :)), and I have to say that Mr. Keyes is definetly 1st class fantasy writer. The story is complex, the characters are amazing (Stephen, Neil, Anne, Aspar, Cazio,...), there is a lot of action, twists, a lot of history, politics, mystery - so everything a good fantasy saga needs. I can not wait for the last book the Borne queen! If you like fantasy novels, you will love this saga for sure.