basic take: ...a soon to be classic of the fantasy genre, comparable to the likes of tolkien, eddings and salvatore. i like the added influence of adding attributes (glamour, voice, stamina, etc.) to oneself by 'branding' (transferring) the powers from another, which heightens the typical, albeit fun aspects of wizardry and the chivalry of the sword found within the realm of fantasy.
philosophical: ...not too surprising that the author is a Mormon with the influences of good v. evil blazenly apparant throughout, testifying that perhaps there is evil within the good, and vice versa. also, some of the most 'pure' have done the most dastardly of deeds.
to date... my favorite book of all time