If you don't like large fantasy novels expertly written, then this is not the book for you
The start is a bit hard to keep up with, becaus..Show More »e from page-one you hit the ground running, there is so much going on and it keeps its momentum through out the book.
I had seen an advertisement for this book saying "if you like Brandon Sanderson and Robert Jordan you will love this book." I am always skeptical when people say things like that, but in this case it was true. Robert Jordan is dead, Brandon Sanderson completed the wheel of time based off of his notes, (I am a big fan of Brandon Sanderson.) But Melissa McPhail is the closest I have come to experiencing a story that has the feel of The Wheel of Time.
For many years epic fantasy has been a boys club, ( there have been many woman fantasy writers but none of them had the depth or complexity for me to see them as one of the top fantasy writers) I am glad to say this is no longer the case, (in the past for years alone I have gone through about 1000 books, and I have found great female Fiction writers, science fiction writers, but until now I had never found a great female Fantasy author. This series deserves its place in the top 10 if not the top five great epic fantasy series out there.
There was too much cheesy romance and sexuality. McPhail got so distracted trying to make people sexy that she forgot to give the book a plot. What pl..Show More »ot the story does have is scattered and torn. Again McPhail used phrases repeatedly when they are not necessary and they get overused. The magic is awesome and the story could be great but it isn't. It also felt like McPhail was trying to be Ayn Rand and she definitely is not. As always Podehl did an amazing job narrating. He is phenomenal and the only reason I was able to get through this book.