The story really takes off in this book, with characters being spread all over the world.  The world also goes through a lot of building where the gods are concerned.  The stories of the gods are really well done in that there are multiple versions that have gone through many changes over time.  There were revolutions and people bent the dogma to their own needs, making the topic of the gods in the stories change from place to place, even though it was all based on real events that happened thousands of years before.  I also like that things older than the gods are alluded to, but not discussed in detail.

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