The Raven Tower is a fantasy story told from the perspective of a god, known as The Strength and Patience of the Hill, who inhabits a nice looking rock and observes thousands of years of history. It is wonderful, weird, and a blast to read. The Strength and Patience of the Hill tells the whole story, flipping back and forth between the thousands of years of history it experiences with its friend and fellow god, The Myriad (who most often takes the form of a swarm of mosquitos), and an event where our human protagonist races to save his friend, the heir to the throne, and their country from an Evil Uncle and the Evil Uncle’s bumbling twin lackeys. The plot is fairly well-trod fantasy ground but the world is worth it — the gods in The Raven Tower have power, but that power is limited by the offerings and prayers they receive, and the requirement that everything a god says must be true, or the god dies. As the story proceeds, there is room for the author to explore the power of language and the ways we assign meaning to our world. The Raven Tower is a delightful way to spend a weekend.