The book takes a little getting into, as it covers very long time periods in the first of three parts. The action speeds up in the second part and is absolutely breakneck in the third. the plot is brilliant, and all the time that you spend on the book will be well worth it. It is richly scattered with motifs and dark imagery. This isn't your run of the mill fantasy novel that borrows from medieval ideas of knights and swordplay. It is set very much in the modern era. Magic is interwoven into the fabric of everyday life and feels natural. All in all, fantasy at it's finest.