My rating: 3 of 5 stars
At first I was rather turned off with the strange names and also the writing style that I found jumbled. The first half of The Way of Shadows, I found to be a disaster but towards the middle, it seems Brent got his groove and started showing that spark of genius I was expecting all along having read through the reviews.
At some point the way the characters are dying like flies, I thought of George R. R Martin and I wasn’t surprised when I read at the end that Brent was inspired by the Game of Thrones author.
All in all, I think Brent Weeks is a great writer and this a great book despite an abysmal start. I am already on the second instalment.