I probably would have given this five stars if the Master Inquisitor's torture tactics hadn't been so gruesome. I started reading this book like a year ago and put it down after the second chapter because the suffering was just too damn vivid. I just don't like to go to such dark places, and it turned me off the book. When I tried reading it a second time, chapter two was still just as awful as I remembered but I pushed on and I'm so glad I did. It's and excellent, well-written story with several unexpected twists along the way.