Hot damn, what an amazingly beautiful web of intrigue. This story is beautiful. Just beautiful. Beautiful and amazing and holy damn fucking...just...beautiful.This'll definitely draw out some visceral reactions from you. Or at least, it did from me. There were parts when I was so filled with dread I felt like I'd die from the suspense, but I couldn't just put it down because I needed to know what would happen next.It's amazingly woven. Quite a masterpiece. The story's written as more of an accounting of the past, but still quite engaging and certainly does create amazing sense of "present" (and presence) during each scenario.On a more practical side, there were parts where I got a little confused because I got lost in the narration almost. It IS a recounting, so it does seem to skip around a bit, but it doesn't actually. It tells you exactly what you need to know when you need to know it, even if you feel resentful because you want to know some other little detail first.And the way the ending was worked...it was actually quite neatly done. As they put it in Internet Icon, a nice little cherry (which I think they mean Easter Egg). It's all neatly tied up in this complicated web.I think this is the first time I've actually felt extremely high respect for an author for his/her writing (Well, not since Jordan but his is a different sort of respect. It was more awe for creating such a holistically complete world and weaving his own complicated Lace of Ages [except his is very easy to get confused, lose track of, and such. Too many loose ends to juggle around and plait through all at once and over too long a period of time [read: series of books])Very, very highly recommended.ETA:Something I just noticed:[bc:A Different Breed|10203879|A Different Breed|Angel Martinez|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1328050729s/10203879.jpg|14433897]Look familiar?