Once again Tad Williams has crafted a new world. The book chronicles the clash between Fae and Mortal as well as the machinations of a China like empire. This book has a bit of the flavor of the last Williams book I read, The War of the Flowers.
The complexity of Williams world crafting is just amazing. He provides detail and then he provides details on the detail. Sometimes I bog down but mostly I revel in his carefully crafted characters and environment.
Williams writes with a gourmand attitude on his characters. There is a wealth of personalities and foibles. His characters are alive and become more real page by page. They have flaws and faults and demonstrate both laudable and despicable behavior.
The sibling relationship between Barrick and Briony is a good example of how Williams brings his characters alive. Their relationship has depth and flavor and mirrors reality in so many ways. The tensions and frustrations with someone you love are clear and compelling.
There are almost too many wonderful characterizations, the book is definitely a banquet not a lunch. The settings are painted with a clarity that makes you shiver in the unnatural Fae fog.
This is the first book in a new series and I will look forward to reading the final three.
I recommend the book.
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Another Intricate, Compelling World
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