I ranked this book high because my opinion is admittedly, very subjective, and I don't want to damage the ranking without a better reason. Still, I thought I'd warn others who may have tastes similar to mine...
I listened for a little over eight hours before stopping. The story and world are a bit confusing, but overall, the writing seemed good and well thought out. The problem for me is that the world is so foreign. It's a hard thing to put into words - how a world like Middle-earth or the Wheel of Time can seem digestible, but others seem, I don't know, too far out.
There are creatures made of stone, other creatures with 14 legs or six legs - some of them as big as houses. Strange battles happening everywhere, for reasons that I never understood. There are also really odd customs. For instance, it's shameful for men to read or for women to show their "safe hands." Currency takes the form of glowing spheres, and buildings (at least some of them) seem to have been constructed using a form of magic-based alchemy.
The world is plagued by legendary violent storms, but somehow, they don’t seem all that violent when they pass – up come the shutters and everyone moves on. Magic can be drawn from special light, which begins leaking out of its wielder soon after taking it in. I could go on and on (and on and on – really), but whew! This one lost me.
If you like really fantastical fiction, you'll probably love it. But, if there's a gray, hard-to-describe line that you have as much difficulty explaining as crossing, you may want to find something else.
Nothing personal Mr. Sanderson, I love your work on The Wheel of Time.
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