Briggs has written a book that is deeply involved. I now wish that I had read the first two in this series of tales. However, I came upon this series through an offer for a book review. I will be going back now to collect the first books in this series.
As a mother of 4 I am on the constant outlook for good books for my children to spend time in. This is one of those books. Much like the writing of Lord of the Rings this is an epic tale of an ancient world removed far from our own. Pre-Teens, Teens and young adults who love fantasy fiction will immediately find themselves drawn into this world of conflict and heroes - of war and victories.
I will say the action is fast-paced and there is much information to take in. I had to often refer back to previous pages to sort out names and locations - However, this is due mainly to my in-experience with reading fantasy fiction and the names and descriptions are confusing to me (even in well-known classics like Lord of the Rings and Narnia). The world of gnomes, witches, elves, ogres, etc is not usually my forte. However, my children had no problem sorting the information. In fact they liked the characters and could visualize the places much more vividly because of Briggs excellent and deep story telling abilities.
Thanks to Glass Roads Publication for this review copy.