on 21 August 2012
These are books about love and death and power, about gender and cultural expectations, about parenting and fertility, about growing up and growing old. The more I read them the better I like them, and I liked them a lot the first time. They have wonderful complex characters, and while each book is a complete story, when you read all four together they make a continuing thing that is more than the sum of its parts….Once again, they knocked me over with how good they are — they’re not afraid to take on the big issues and say interesting things about them. And they have a fascinating world that’s well thought through. And they don’t have villains — everybody is comprehensible, even when they’re doing awful things, so they have some of the best conflict I’ve ever read.