So epic, that it gets you so involved and is such an investment in time and emotion, that there is a little sting of regret that the ending had to come at all
Promises to recall epic fantasy's finest
Vivid, dynamic characters and terrific world building . . . Readers of epic fantasy should definitely check out this series
Represents modern epic fantasy at its best.
The sense of chaos, endless politicking between factions and urge by characters to make sense out of events beyond their control is palpable as the pace becomes more and more frantic
The writing is crisp, the characters full of vigour and desires which when they become banded together really gives the story something to focus upon as the bonds grow stronger
Hair is adept at building characters as well as worlds, and his attention to his female players is welcome in a genre that too often excludes them.
I continue to be impressed by the way Hair takes some very familiar, almost trite, ideas and spins them in a new way. Epic fantasy is not dying my friends, it is just moving in new directions
For anyone looking for a new sprawling fantasy epic to stick their teeth into, Empress Of The Fall is an ultimately satisfying journey into a fascinating and chaotic landscape
I enjoyed the characters and their struggles and schemes . . . Classic immersive fantasy
It isn't often that I find a fantasy brick as enjoyable as this one; it's been quite a while in fact, and I think I can safely commend this series to lovers of the genre, as one that will satisfy and yet leave the reader ready for more
These characters . . . have found a confidence on the page which somehow endears them more to the reader
Increasingly addictive . . . Adult fantasy lovers who enjoy historical fiction and intricate political plots will love this book . . . epic
Empress is a sprawling epic fantasy of grandiose proportions . . . with a hearty taste of blood and gore, and plenty of vicious politics
Good supply of politics, gore and a well-thought-out magic system
Beautifully written, a fantastically epic tale spanning two continents, with flashes of the Crusades combined with wonderfully inventive magic. It's grounded in believable characters that I loved and hated, and full of action and heartbreak. And knights flying into battle on winged horses - how cool is that!
A page-turning adventure filled with excitement and intriguing characters. For those loving an epic fantasy with plenty of sword-fights, gun-play, bare-fisted combat and battles between sorcerers, this book's for you