|Submitted by Brett |
(Oct 21, 2006)
I enjoyed this book. In fact, it was my favorite book of the series.
That said, the best parts of this book is that you get a very strong feel that this world actually could exist. Bakker puts tremendous effort into worldbuilding, and it shows; his fantasy world is one of the best out there, up there with Tolkien. Along with that are the characters. Although they can be pretty draining to read at times (since they are not people coming from joyful backgrounds), they are still very well done, and very realistic.
That said, there are two main issues I have with the book. The first is the prose. Although not quite as dense as the later two books, Bakker's prose can be a little tough to read at first. In addition to that, the plot is original, at least for the characters, but it occasionally drags.
However, I will certainly recommend them to prospective fantasy readers. Mind you, these are not books for children; Bakker's work includes a significant amount of mature themes and adult material. His world is unstinting in its realism, which may be harsh for younger readers.