This is a comprehensive review of the series as a whole:By far my favorite books ever. An alternative medieval history with a unique slant on religion (not preachy—quite the opposite—the message is to love freely. With a soul-depth delivery). Carey’s stylized writing isn’t for everyone, but I found myself instantly mesmerized by her prose and insanely jealous that she was able to pull it off through all of these books. We’re not talking Shakespearean—she certainly takes on that feel but without the difficulty in interpretation. The series is an unforgettable and fantastic odyssey through an alternate geography and time (based on real history) and Carey does it brilliantly. There is a BDSM flavor in every book. Plenty of sex, bloody battles, torture and magic.