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I really enjoyed this book. With fleshed out characters, lots of action and a smooth writing style, Weeks has done a great job. I liked everything about this book except the end. The pacing was consistent and the plot was very detailed with a lot of twists—something I haven’t seen to that degree in other fantasy novels, although I haven’t read all the novels out there. The characters were varied and the depth to his main characters was believable and sufficiently dark.
With many sub-plots—love stories, exploration of friendships, looking at right and wrong, political intrigue—there was always something happening. I could easily imagine the world, although some of the fight scenes were not clear in my head, but that could just be me.
The ending finished neatly, but for me it was too neat, or maybe it was too sudden—I think I would have liked more of a cliffhanger. I also wonder if the convenience of Kylar coming back from the dead renders all future deaths null. This was the point the book lost some tension, although I still wanted him to catch the Godking. I’m not super inspired to buy the next book in the series to find out what happens, although I will because I love his writing style. Having said that, his writing is exceptional and I doubt you’d find much better in the fantasy genre. I’m giving it 4.5 stars.