If you have not yet read Guy Gavriel Kay, I envy you. I discovered the Fionavar Tapestry on one of my ceaseless quests for a fantasy author I had not read. I found this one. There is a passage in another book where a violinist is invited to play a violin. She sweeps the bow down across the strings and realizes she is holding a Stradivarius. She forgets even her own name for the next several hours. Our world goes to their world. Done often, yes, but so what. I have never seen (the best books you do not merely read) a world where shamans are blinded when they take their shamanate, where magic requires a person as "source" to the mage, where Ring a Round the Rosie is a prophecy almost older than time. And did you ever notice that however evil the Dark Lords supposedly are, they never rape anybody? They do here. Kay does not give graphic detail yet he conveys what a "rape" is, the connotative meaning being "violate", which the term "sexual assault" loses. Kay's characters are as vivid as his descriptions and as deep as his plots. Without giving anything away, I can only say that I have read many many sixpacks. This is 5 star brandy.