"Entertaining yet thought-provoking...Entrancing characters, exciting descriptions and piercingly clear action keep the story moving swiftly and surely to a satisfying conclusion."
"Suddenly, the pages are whipping by, 50 at a clip as mysteries are uncovered, miracles happen and assassins begin scaling the walls. ... Bennett is plainly a writer in love with the world he has built -- and with good cause. It's a "great" world, original and unique, with a scent and a texture, a sense of deep, bloody history, and a naturally-blended magic living in the stones."
"Robert Jackson Bennett deserves a huge audience. This is the book that will earn it for him. A story that draws you in, brilliant world building, and oh my God, Sigrud. You guys are going to love Sigrud."
--Brent Weeks, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Way of Shadows
"Smart and sardonic, with wry echoes from classic tales mixed up in an inventive, winning narrative. [Bennett is] a master of the genre."
"An excellent spy story wrapped in a vivid imaginary world."
--"Library Journal "(starred)
A rich, layered, thoughtful story, full of gods and magic and characters that feel unflinchingly "true."..every once in a while I read a book that's so well done, I find myself wanting to punch the author in the face out of pure envy. Congratulations, Mr. Bennett - you just made the face-punching list!
--Jim C. Hines, Hugo Award winning author of "Libriomancer"
"Alien and human at the same time, Bennett's world is engrossing and fascinating. The pacing kept me reading far later than was healthy."
--Mur Lafferty, Campbell Award winning author of "Playing for Keeps