Although The Ancient had some good points such as competent writing and a story that moved along pretty well, ultimately it was too convoluted and hard to get into. There were some good aspects to this. There were characters that you could root for like Bransen Garibond and Brother Cormac, and good bit of action. Ultimately what hurt this novel was that there were too many wars being fought by different factions, too many battles going on. They ultimately got all jumbled together. It was hard to tell which ones were important and which were just fluff. When they finally got together - which was extremely probably, almost ridiculously so - it was almost too late to matter.
While there was some entertainment value to this novel, it's not one that will resonate much longer after I've read it.
Carl Alves - author of Blood Street