I liked this book but did not love it and probably will not continue the series. I must note that this is likely due to personal preference more than due to the quality of the novel. I prefer “lighter” Fantasy literature in the sense that I prefer less fighting, swordplay and graphic violence. I very much enjoy epic fantasy with extensive plot, setting and character development; I just prefer more PG rated battles. This book was by no means extreme, just not my cup of tea.
As for the book itself, while I was bothered by the use of stock characters, I was impressed enough with the creative use of the characters and plot that I was able to look past that criticism. This book is well written, highly suspenseful and imaginative. It certainly distinguishes itself from the slew of mediocre, epic fantasy literature published today. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy this type of epic fantasy.