The first book in the Gormenghast series, a gothic fantasy tale describing the Dickensien inhabitants of the ancient and crumbling Gormenghast castle. The prose of this series is absolutely unmatched, especially within the world of fantasy. It is the exquisite, 5-Michelin star cuisine of genre fiction, and frankly, the writing is so wonderful to read that the story could get away with being somewhat shoddy. But it isn't! The story is fascinating, tracing the plots and machinations of a variety of grotesque residents of the ancient castle. Please do yourself a favor and read this overlooked gem!