REVIEW SUMMARY: A mesmerizing ride through thick deceit as Martin compels you through every incredible page.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: The land of Westeros is held together by tenuous peace, while turmoil shifts and boils beneath the surface. The powerful houses of old plot and scheme, a threat rises across the ocean, and an old evil stirs from its icy domain.
PROS: Prose; characterization; gripping politics; a world that lives and breathes; heart wrenching.
CONS: Not for the faint of heart.
BOTTOM LINE: A must-read, you will be awed by the intrigue, gripped by the passion, and amazed at the realism in this magical, epic tome.
REVIEW SUMMARY: Massive, fantastic, but sometimes overkill. Run to buy this book, but keep in mind that you will sometimes be mired in unnecessary detail.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Roshar is a fascinating land of strange cultures, animals and even plant life where magically-enhanced knights wielding fearsome Blades rule. Follow a thief, a highprince and a surgeon-turned-soldier as they go through the struggles of life to protect their family, hold together their kingdom and fight for what’s right on a path that is fraught with peril and leading to more.
PROS: Character, diversity, battle scenes, MAGIC!
CONS: Too much fluff, and too many extra pages added as a result. Book occasionally drags.
BOTTOM LINE: For those that like their books gigantic and epic, this is your book (i.e. Wheel of Time fans).