Just completed volume one. This is a great novel, but I'm thinking of taking a short break from it and reading a different novel or two. I can feel myself getting bogged down in the sheer density of this tale, and I don't want that to impact my review. This was originally published as a serial novel, meaning its readers had to ingest it over a span of twenty months . . . surely a break lasting a week or two won't hurt (or so I hope).