My rating: 5 of 5 stars!
I gave this book a try based on a Goodreads recommendation (Thanks Mary!) and I am SO glad I did. The world-building is amazing! The magic system is painstakingly constructed so it’s both logical and consistent. The plot is layered and gripping and the characters are beautifully drawn. Each character is complicated and flawed in their own way, and despite some of their individual victories we still see them struggling with uncertainty and self-doubt. I also love that the story doesn’t hold back when it comes to the complications of loyalty and trust among characters that keep cropping up, which is another key element that keeps the story racing along! I enjoyed this one so much, as soon as I finished it I immediately went back and started it again.
I’ve already added Brent Weeks’ Night Angel Trilogy (and I don’t even like Ninjas) to my mental “must-read” list while I wait for the second installment of the Lightbringer trilogy. It’s going to be a very difficult wait.