My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A cerebral entry into the fantasy genre, decidedly lacking on the usual swordplay, wizardry, and other standard trappings of its companions and excellent nonetheless. The translation from Russian is wonderfully done and there are quotable passages I highlighted for later. It reminds me of my favorite book (Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny) in that it's a journey of maturation by the protagonist. Highly recommended.