I would say this book is more of a guilty pleasure than an outstanding read. The authors have (whether knowingly or not) written a story with all the cheesily cliche elements of a fantasy story, while also falling into the trap of unnecessarily over-describing as is often characteristic of the genre. Even so, I gave the book three stars because it retains the ability to hook the reader.
The characters of the book, however stereotypical they may be, are interesting enough to make you care about what is going to happen to them. Not only this, but the world the authors have set the characters in is sufficiently fascinating. As such, you're given a feeling of wondering how things will turn out with the characters, while simultaneously being curious about what happened before the story to make the world end up like that in the first place. In short, the story may be lacking in many areas, but certainly not charm.
If you can push yourself past the initial frustration from all the cliches, then you just might find the book's mysterious ability to entertain. I wouldn't recommend the story to anyone looking to break into the genre or those looking for a fresh new take on fantasy, but if you're a fanatic merely looking to satisfy your fantasy sweet tooth, this might do the job. It may also be good for younger readers who probably won't be as frustrated by the way its written or find the cliches as stale as adults would.