Fantastical novel (and first in a trilogy) set in a strange world which needs quite a lot of concentration to imagine but there are rewards for those that persevere. A first novel too - watch out for this new and exciting name in fantasy writing.
Four masks turned toward him. Carnelian faltered under their gaze, awed by the serene, unearthly beauty of those faces of gold. Four giants stood there beside the circular hearth. One he knew; his father in his jewelled robe.