The Curse of the Mistwraith took me completely by surprise. Based on (obviously mistaken) assumptions, I expected something completely different — epic fantasy, yes, but nothing even close to the gorgeous prose and astounding depth I found in this novel.
(excerpt from Greg Hersom's 5-star review of The Curse of the Mistwraith)
If there is anyone who can write more beautifully than Janny Wurts, I haven’t run across ‘em yet. Her characters are so genuine and her worlds are so life-like, it seems as if she isn’t making up these stories, but translating them onto paper as the characters relate them.
(excerpt from Stefan Raets's 5-star review of Ships of Merior)
Janny Wurts' novels are generally complex and challenging, and as such they require the reader's full attention. I'm sure people looking for light reading might be turned off by their rich prose and long-term plotting. However, if you're willing to give them the time they deserve, I doubt you'll be disappointed.
(excerpt from Stefan Raets's 5-star review of Warhost of Vastmark)
As the beginning of a story arc, the reader is being set up for more. Wurts has really begun to develop her characters, and their growth is startling. I would draw the new reader’s attention to this mechanism in Wurts’ writing, because by the end of The Alliance of Light, the development is quite exceptional. So few writers make their characters change as a result of adversity, and Wurts, in my opinion, is the best there is at this important part of telling a story.
(excerpt from Angus Bickerton's 5-star review of Fugitive Prince)
Some have complained that the writing is too complex, but that is why I like this series. It is adult-level, intelligent fantasy, with a deep moral core to the story, and an excellent illustration of how might is not always, and in fact is rarely, right. Some have called the writing archaic and over-descriptive, but when world-building, description is essential. And the writing is artistic, not archaic. It does not display the laziness of modern novelists.
(excerpt from Angus Bickerton's 5-star review of Traitor's Knot)
The more important undercurrent of Stormed Fortress is a continuation of Wurts’ discussion of how faults and character weaknesses can be exploited. This has been an on-going issue throughout the story, but it rises as a major subplot when characters are repeatedly twisted into actions that situations not of their choosing because of their own flaws. This leads to some really interesting examination of how our purest motivations can be twisted entirely out of the scope of our intent.
(excerpt from John Hulet's 5-star review of Stormed Fortress)
Causes Janny Wurts Supports
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