In what may well be the epic fantasy of the year, Carey builds a rich and varied world... Carey is at the peak of her luminous storytelling powers in a tale that will appeal to readers of Brandon Sanderson and Patrick Rothfuss, while its thought-provoking look at gender, love, and sexual preference bring to mind Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness.
an epic fantasy story told in a single volume. A single relatively compact volume, in epic fantasy terms... Carey’s characters feel real and alive, and her world is lush and well-realised. This is an excellent novel. I recommend it.
On ample display here are Carey’s impressive worldbuilding skills and deft articulation of all the moving parts. Along the way she detonates one massive bombshell of a revelation and provokes frequent raised eyebrows. A hardworking middle-of-the-roader with limited appeal beyond existing Carey addicts.