“I must admit I'm kind of loving this book right now. It took a little while to grab me, but the best books often do. Sanderson has kind of a tin ear for dialogue, but he knows how to build fun worlds and he keeps the pace pretty tight, which is important in a 1000 page book. I'm only about 65% done right now (thanks, Kindle) but I'm already looking forward to the sequel, which should come out sometime this year. I'd put this book somewhere between The Wheel of Time and A Song of Ice and Fire on the serious fantasy scale. It's closer to WOT than it is to ASoIaF, but you can definitely sense the influence Martin has had on Sanderson. The big difference between this and Martin's work is the aforementioned dialogue and a somewhat "safe" feeling. I'm not too worried about any of my heroes dying yet. However, I still have a bunch of pages to go. We'll see.
UPDATE: Just finished the book yesterday. Can't wait for the sequel. Not as deep or complex as A Song of Ice and Fire (mostly because the characters don't seem as grown up, so their problems are a little simplified), but you can definitely feel Sanderson stretching himself dealing with philosophy and religion. It's interesting to me that one of the most interesting and powerful characters in the book is an avowed atheist, particularly coming from a Mormon author. Definitely recommended.”
Sam Worden wrote this review Saturday, March 9, 2013.