The Stormlight Archive is Brandon Sanderson's "love letter to the epic fantasy genre". His magnum opus. From my perspective, he had lovingly and painstakingly crafted a masterpiece that was not just his greatest but one of the greatest of all time.
I didn’t have any expectations when I picked this book up and was pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable it was. At first glance, one might mistake this for young adult fantasy. Rest assured, it is not and neither does it have all the standard overused YA tropes which are prone to induce eye-rolling.
For those who have read Gardens of the Moon and thought it was relatively tame for grimdark fantasy, Deadhouse Gates will change your mind. This sequel took the series to new heights and was also when I wholly begun to understand the opening quote of Erikson in the debut. The violence, and brutality evident in this book made me rethink of how I viewed A Song of Ice and Fire.
Gardens of the Moon is the overture to The Malazan Book of the Fallen, providing just a glimmer of what this massive, grimdark epic fantasy tale has to offer, which was best described below in the author's own words.
This sequel to the Palace Job was an improvement in almost every way possible. As the first book nicely wrapped up its plot line, one wonders where the next book will head to. Let's just say that the title is an important clue as to what's in store for the Rogues of the Republic.
I have termed the The Lies of Locke Lamora as a blend of Ocean’s Eleven and The Godfather in a fantasy setting. That’s not entirely wrong but I think that I’ve found another book which suited the Ocean’s Eleven tagging even more aptly and that is The Palace Job.