Here’s an excerpt that I quite enjoyed. I never associated my writing with Robin Hobb, but then again, our styles are similar, and I greatly admire her writing, so it was very gratifying:
I’ve always said that in terms of style, Bradley P. Beaulieu’s was some sort of hybrid between Steven Erikson and L. E. Modesitt, Jr. But he also has a deft human touch that often reminded me of Robin Hobb. In addition, in The Flames of Shadam Khoreh, with its darker and brooding narrative, there was a definite Stephen R. Donaldson influence that made the Covenant books come to mind quite often. À la Erikson, Beaulieu seems to enjoy throwing his readers into the heart of the tale without offering much in the way of information. In the past, this often resulted in an occasional lack of clarity that left many readers wondering what the heck was going on. The good thing about this being the final volume in the trilogy is that we finally get all the answers we’ve been looking for.
And here’s the payoff:
All in all, The Lays of Anuskaya series is dark, ambitious, complex, and populated with a great cast of characters that leap off the pages. If you are looking for a quality read that’s different from everything else on the market today, this series is definitely for you.
Head on over to Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist for the full review.