This is the first book I have read by Michael Sullivan; it will most definitely not be the last. This book is what every epic fantasy should be. It it set in a truly incredible world, beautifully created, detailed and unique. The world is populated by amazing characters from diverse races, some good, some clearly evil, and of course a few somewhere inbetween. In other words, a place we humans can easily identify with despite the many differences. Add to all that the author's immense talent in weaving a story full of the dramatic, the fantastical, the humorous and the fascinating and you have an awesome roller-coaster ride of a read. I highly recommend it to any fan of epic fantasy who loves it when the line between good and evil is as blurry as it can often been in our own world.