I picked up this book after meeting the author at an empty Barnes and Noble signing soon after its publication. Little did either of us know at the time, as we talked about his world building and tendency to challenge the fantasy genre at every turn, that Sanderson would become the most prolific fantasy author of the twenty first century. In the many years since that first meeting, I have read this series many times. What keeps me coming back are the small discoveries I make every time I read it. The complex world, characters, and philosophical dilemmas encourage me to question my own political, spiritual, and philosophical biases in every sitting. As a long time fantasy reader, I had grown tired of the genre and its easy tropes, but Sanderson makes it a point to keep his readers on their toes. If you think you know fantasy, you don't. If you think you know the Hero's Cycle, be prepared to be schooled again. If you find magic to be uninspiring and predictable, prepare to be amazed. This is a must read for every fantasy fan!