I'd never have picked this up if it hadn't popped to the top of my reading list - never thought fantasy of this nature was my thing at all (been put of by trying - and failing - to get through Tolkein too many times). Rather heavy, at approaching 800 pages in paperback, but actually really good. Nice use of words (although I could have managed with a few less expletives) and enthrallingly told. Found it best just to go with the flow and not try to analyse everything in it. Very inventive, fantasy, location, but not somewhere you'd want to go. In the end the good guys win through against the evil, the mafia and instruments of the state, but not without casualties. Not a happy ending, in the traditional sense, but satisfying nonethless.