This epic fantasy is, quite simply, awesome. Beginning hundreds of years before, at the rebirth of the Phoenix, a gift is left-- actually, more than one gift. And, these gifts will prove to be the salvation of the world--if the right group of people can be found to receive it.
Ms. Cook has done a great job at creating not only the world but each individual character is richly drawn. Each voice is clearly distinct from the other, and the secondary characters are just as well drawn as the primaries.
The action is non-stop and the levels of mystery and suspense just add to the enjoyment of the work. Ms. Cook was able to draw me into the action to the point where I forgot I was reading and just became one with the story--losing all track of time.
Thank you, Ms. Cook, for a wonderful wonderful time--and I'm so looking forward to the next book in the series. I have found a new auto-buy author!