If the only fiction writing you can enjoy is a Tolkien knock-off, then don't buy this book. On the other hand, if you love a little intrigue, brilliant and witty conversations, fully developed characters with complex motivations, and if you have any interest in history and the royal courts of the past, then this is the book/series for you.
I love the way his characters grow and develop over the course of the book. I love the fact that there isn't a single stock-character to be found. I adored the main characters. I thrilled at every brilliant plot-twist.
Oh, and if you loved the charriot scene in the movie Ben Hur, you will be totally blown away by the race he describes here. I'll say no more. This is one of the fantastic moments in the book that simply can not be given away.
Guy Gavriel Kay has done a fantastic job of creating a whole new genre of fictional writing. His unique blend of actual historical elements, magic, gods, and fantasy along with his intricate plots and fascinating characters are a refreshing change from the formulaic fantasy novels and poor writing skills that clog our bookstore shelves these days.
This book is worth every penny. It is a treasure to be read and re-read.