Feb 24, 09
Read in February, 2009
i'm a hopeless sucker for epic, sweeping, character-developing fantasy. This series was very good from beginning to end. It diddled with (but didn't fall prey to) a bunch of the genre cliches, but consistently surprised me by keeping the characters and events human and relatively unpredictable. The medieval machismo is scant, and when it does surface is applied to a single (and often immature) perspective as opposed to the whole paradigm. The obvious Tolkien elves/dwarves/humans archetype is still hanging around in here, but Williams manages to skew it just enough to keep it interesting. His characters are memorable, and he gives his climactic scenes a weight that makes them really powerful. The series makes for a wonderful fit of escapism. Also, Ineluki was right.