Brilliant! One of my top reads of 2014 for sure.
I’m telling you right now that this is an author to watch. Brian’s first novel was good, but I wasn’t fully convinced. This one sealed the deal, and I feel confident in predicting that he’ll be a major player in the Fantasy genre for years to come.
The thing that worked best in this book is the incredibly tight writing. There are no wasted scenes. Each is introduced perfectly with goals and motivations, and ends in a place where you can’t help but keep turning pages.
I honestly haven’t seen scenes this well-constructed since watching Breaking Bad.
It feels like we go from important scene to important scene, and the greatest thing is that the author trusts the reader to fill in most of the details. He gives us the spark, and lets our imagination take over from there.
Go and read this book right now. You’ll be hooked from the first chapter, and the rest of the plots are established quickly and well.