Seriously, ignore this. Not the book. Ignore my review.
It's been so long since I read it, I have only the vaguest memories of the story. I read the reviews and still don't recall much of the plot.
I remember enough to be convinced that I read it. I can't even remember where the recommendation came from. I must have had one because I bought the book at Half Price Books. It must have been on a list I had. Where did that list come from?
If I finished this 500-page tome, it must have been readable. Was it great? I don't know. I think I'll go with Marilyn Stasio's comment (see below) that it's a grand fairy tale. Heroic figure who rises from
obscurity, achieves three major quests, wins the hand of the princess, fathers a wonderful daughter, loses everything (including an eye), sits for years in prison, and then has the opportunity for revenge...
If you read it, or have read it, please add to this. Maybe I'll not put it in the box for the used book sale and re-read it if you think it's worth it.
- Marilyn Stasio's review in The New York Times
- Muriel Dobbin's review in The Washington Times
- David Connett's review in The Sunday Express
- Reginald Hill obituary in The Guardian