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Excellent world-building and writing--unfocused plot.
on June 27, 1998
I pretty much concur with the other reader's raves--this is a very fine piece of epic, worldbuilding SF. Zindell's writing is miles ahead of most of the genre's writers. The book's structure has some problems, however--it reads like two or three tacked-together short novels, and not much happens for long stretches of pages towards the middle and end. Also, I must point out the book's similarities to Gene Wolfe's "Book of the New Sun." Zindell uses several similar devices in the same way as that extraordinary work, and it bothered me. But don't take my word for it--read them both.