I really enjoyed this fantasy/adventure novel. The characters were interesting and unique, the plot was captivating, and the world was creative and compelling. I feel that it is a “mature” fantasy in that it does not rely on stock patterns or characters; there is a complexity and uniqueness to it that distinguishes it from your run-of-the-mill fantasy. The main character is not at all your typical handsome, perfect hero, and there are very strong female characters. There is romance, but it is subtle, lovely, and believable.
I was so drawn in to the story and the world that when I finished the book I felt as if I was still partly living in the world – I wasn’t ready to leave it and I certainly wasn’t ready to start a new book. Books that do this for me are my favorite ones, and that is really the highest recommendation I can give a book. Needless to say, I am looking forward to reading the two subsequent novels set in the same world!