|Cover Art, without all those pesky words.|
First of all, the book is very good. Easily one of the most enjoyable books I've ever read.
The cover art is amazing, as you can see above, and doesn't give away any of the plot (thank goodness). Right away, it delves into the beliefs and magic use of different cultures, but not in a dull, textbook kind of way. It gets right down to business, with a lot of action and character development.
The book follows a number of characters, with each chapter, more or less, dedicated to one of them. The characters feel real, with real motivations, and real faults (unlike some of Sanderson's earlier work) and are generally likeable. I actually cared what happened to them.
There's plenty of moments where I gasped while reading it and had people staring at me. The ones who were avid reads smiled, knowingly, but other people looked at me like I was crazy. As it is book one of a series, the overall plot is not one hundred percent clear, but it is very entertaining.
If you have any interest in reading it, I recommend picking it up. I highly doubt you will be disappointed.
|Buy it, read it, love it.|