"a masterpiece of science fantasy comparable in importance to the major works of Tolkien and Lewis" (Publishers Weekly)
"Arguably the finest piece of literature American science fiction has yet produced." (Chicago Sun Times).
When I read these comments on the back of the first book I must admit I was skeptical. It's almost the ultimate no-no for me to compare anything to Tolkien. I guess that's because I read Tolkien so many times growing up it somehow shaped part of my imagination, and is now inextricably linked to that time in my life.
But as I got into the Book of the New Sun I couldn't agree more. These books have been around for a while, so they are probably not big news to anyone who is into science fiction/fantasy. But if you haven't read them definitely pick up the first one and see what you think. These books have it all: superb language, richly imagined world, complex characters, mystery, magic, science, religion, history, phantasmagoria, sex, love