Other than an ending that was a little too fantastically tidy, I enjoyed this little adventure. Rowan was a likeable character, and even though the reader knows he's going to make it from the beginning (otherwise the book wouldn't be named after him, right?) it was still a little surprising to see the rest of the adventuring party fall away. This was a pretty typical quest story with good characters.
This appealed to the shy child in me - I could really identify with Rowan. He made me feel like if he could conquer the mountain, so could I. Boys who are into fantasy should enjoy this, but girls should, too. All girls are different, but I've never been turned off by a male main character as long as he wasn't a total jerk.