Those who like epic fantasy novels are going to probably like this new one from Helen Lowe. The magic is well integrated into the world and her command of language is exceedingly good. More Tolkien-esque than trendy and modern.
I would have given the book 5-Stars except for the fact that there is this break in the storyline that I had difficulty getting past. I actually had to put the book down for three days before I could integrate myself back into it. And if I was to try to summarize what my impression was, I'd say that there are simply two books here. The first book takes place mostly in Malian's voice, and then with "Part II" as the publisher calls it, the story picks up again in a secondary character's voice, soon branching out to multiple points of view.
The tone of the narrative also changes at this point, taking on more adult concerns. That said, it may just be 'my problem'. And in general I'd say it's definitely worth a read.