Since there are not half-star ratings, I'll go with three stars. I'm still not a fan of epic fantasies, but I keep trying. This story is sweeping and builds to a fair climax, and a prelude to what is coming in future installments. But, for a guy like me, it was hard to get hooked. Zimmer's talent and ambition need to be commended, however, as he writes not one series of books, but two at the same time. The man keeps busy.