My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is truly an epic series. The world-building is expansive and detailed, the cultures are well defined, the characters have depth. At times, Larke takes the idea of “flawed” characters to the extreme, populating the world with people I’d never be able to stand in real life. There are some truly terrible people in this story, but there are also a lot of average people who just behave in infuriating ways.
There is a lot of political intrigue and crafty machinations going on all the time. These act to move the plot along and pin the characters into untenable situations. I enjoyed these maneuverings to a certain degree, but at times they felt like a crutch for forcing the characters into a specific situation and I found myself thinking, “why would they go along with that?”
All in all, a lengthy but enjoyable read.