One of the most important things a reader that I look for is to be engaged immediately upon opening the story. The author does this wonderfully, creating a world that feels lived in and characters who come with a history and weight of personality. I am eager to see the story unfold and the relationships between characters develop. Even with the complexities of character and plot, the writing never feels bogged down or takes itself too seriously. Seven Shards: The Colors of Wine is an easy read, but that not should be mistaken for light reading a lack of sophistication. This novel should be on the reading list of fantasy fans.