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"This book scores high both for entertainment and for literature value. Poetry, complex language and philosophy are mixed with an action packed story. Great emotional impact. I feel that this series is currently underrated in light of the prolific number of new series published in the last decade."
"The best series that is actively being written. A mystery on every page with definitive conclusions revealed within the trilogy. The philosophy and history of Bakker's world is intensely realized through the eyes of his characters. Bakker is planning additional books to follow-up with his trilogy."
"The best worldbuilding. WHY I LIKE: Martin really injects a sense of humor into his writing which I enjoy. Anybody can be killed at any time. Martin's only failure is that he is mroe interested in eploring his world and his characters than he is in advancing the plot."
"All these series have great battle scenes but Erikson takes the prize which is saying a lot. Gardens is somewhat flawed first novel but the rest of the series rocks. Clearly a series that gets better as it goes on. New characters introduced in some of the later books such as Itkovian and Trull Sengar are among the best realized in the genre."
"A guilty pleasure true, but these books deliver the fantasy action violence. The first person narration of Croaker creates mystery and makes this series an interesting and different take on he fantasy genre. A huge influence on Erikson, Martin, Bakker and many other contemporary greats."
"Great is Great but these books are literature and certainly not compulsively readable pulp fiction, thus I know many fantasy fans who begin them do not finish often jumping ship for more contemporary fare."
"I'm somewhat torn on this book. The Thieves' World like urban setting was intriguing. The early parts had some of the best writing and story telling I've seen in some time comparable to Charles Dickens at times."
"I was very excited about this debut as the world is very similar to Martin/Bakker. Ultimately the actions of the characters became too predictable unlike Martin's books where the characters often take unpredictable actions and grow throughout the books."