I read a lot of fantasy books. With that in mind, this is definitely one that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys them as I do. The premise of this series, while not unique in the overriding premise, is unique in the execution of that premise. The writing is smooth and engaging, drawing you into the lives of the characters and making you care for them. This series joins the Kushiel series from Jacquelyn Carey on my very short list of must read fantasy series. Definitely worth your time.