Stayed up till 2:45 reading this bad boi.
I’m not sorry.
But I do have a lot of packing I have to do since I blew everything off to read all day yesterday. Not sorry about that either, lol.
Super duper quick though, this book was really fabulous. Great prose (toed the purple line once in a while, and it’s like the author caught that and reeled it back in – loved that), outstanding characters, completely engrossing storyline, and TOTALLY AWESOME world. I am on the edge of my seat waiting to see what comes next!! Those twists and turns and that last reveal, GAH! This is a debut book, but you’d never know it by the skill in which the story is told, and I for one will be on the lookout to see what other gems Brian Staveley brings to this genre.
My only – very minor – complaints: there are three pov’s here, but the two brothers’ dominated so much that I would be slightly annoyed at being pulled from their tense moments, only to be annoyed at leaving Adare’s story so quickly. This complaint is more like a compliment since it’s just me wanting moar, but there it is just the same.
People would vacillate between referring to Ha Lin that way, or just Lin, and it caught my eye every single time. This is a personal thing I’m sure, but whatever, reading is personal.
I’m always in awe when I read a high fantasy story (granted, I haven’t read that many), but what must it be like to construct such an immense story! I mean, I don’t think that my typical fare of stories are easy to write per se, I know I’d never be able to, but then I read something like this, and my mind is just blown by the sheer amount of work and imagination involved. Hats off to a brilliant new addition to a brilliant genre!