Perhaps there is hope for the grand fantasy novel.
Once upon a time I devoured great fantasy novels with a voracious hunger. Then many became similar and seemed reworkings of the the earlier novel or part in the series(David and Leigh Eddings,Terry Brooks etc.) and so I gave up on fantasy and moved my reading eyes to other literary wonders. My time elsewhere was fruitful but I yearned for my heartlands in Science fiction and Fantasy. I posted an article of this sort on Goodreads, a eulogy, I suppose, to the great fantasy reads of the past.
Someone popped up recommending this book and foolish as I am and wishing to reclaim the desires and impetus of my youth, I bought it. The Recommend it turns out came from a wise and learned person as this is a great book. It is original and different and does not draw upon the great themes of fantasy (that I grew so bored with). I will not supply a summary as it is easily available but rather just recommend the book to readers of “grand” fantasy. I am sure that all will love it.