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It's more about the story and the world than the characters
Reviewed in the United States on July 3, 2010
I'm not saying that I don't love the characters, I care more about Borenson that I have about many fantasy characters and he's not even the main one. This book is a great example that you can write a fantasy book without ripping off of other people. Some are complaining about Farland's lack of detail in the history or world, but they're just too used to Tolkien. Granted, I'd love to know more about the Toth (extinct race) or wardens of water and what not, but doesn't that just tell you that the author has reeled me into his story? My major problem with the book is that it's hard to put down. There's one point that I had one of the biggest "OH SNAP" moments in any book that I've read. A flaw I noticed is having a hard time knowing which city is where since there are so many that are barely mentioned, but that's a small thing. I have a few minor story gripes, but this thing has me hooked. I only wish I could play a d20 (like D&D) game based on this world.
There's so many ideas that I love in these books. From the endowments (and all the craziness you can do with them (i.e. serpent ring), the days, the way the wizards are, and other worlds. I can't wait to read the next book, I don't want the series to end (perhaps following some characters in another country 200 years later or even a few thousand years ago).