An Empire of Traitors by Serban V. C. Enache is an epic novel that tracks several independent story lines in an era of war and betrayal; war between god and god, between man and god, and between man and man. Exquisitely written, with both courtly and vulgar language in fine proportions, the sheer number of stories forces a reader to read slowly and carefully for fear of losing the thread of the narrative. This is not a book for anyone addicted to light reading—it takes effort.
In the end, though, it’s worth the effort. I give it four stars.