|Submitted by Michael Fuller |
(Jun 15, 2013)
I struggled through the first 2 books because the world was difficult to comprehend. I didn\'t even realize until I started this one, that Gardens of the Moon and Deadhouse Gates took place at the same time.... But amongst epic fantasy fans, this series is always mentioned.. So I pushed through, restarting each book several times.
Then I got to Memories of Ice. And it clicked. This book is so much easier to read, and I felt so glad that I pushed myself to continue. The characters in this book are outstanding, believable, and you care about them. Of all the characters, I loved Itkovian the best, and I still get chills when I think of him defining compassion to the T\'lan Imass, 300,000 year old immortal beings, after he gives them a gift and they can\'t comprehend why...
\"We humans do not understand compassion. In each moment of our lives, we betray it. Aye, we know of
its worth, yet in knowing we then attach to it a value, we guard the giving if it,
believing it must be earned. T\'lan Imass. Compassion is priceless in the truest sense of the word.
It must be given freely. In abundance.\"
Do yourself a favor and make it through to the third book. When I did, I read one and two (AGAIN) and it all clicked. I have read just about every epic fantasy series there is, and this one truly is, epic.