Brandon Sanderson is AWESOME! High Fantasy at its best. I have to admit I was somewhat frustrated at first. In the first 10 chapters or so, there was one chapter per character, and each character's story was so interesting I didn't want to move to the next, so I would get MAD at the end of each chapter. But I suppose that liking each part of the story is actually a GOOD thing. Now that I've finished the book, I definitely wouldn't sacrifice any of the characters.