I have recently come off a string of reading truly terribly excribly bad fanfictions, light novels, and first novel attempts. By those standards, this novel (even a first work!) is a shining beacon of amazing talent, grace, skill, and glorious coherent sentences which aim for a tone and style of writing (the classic sword & sorcery tales) and hits the mark with absolute accuracy. The writing is clear, readable, the actions flow from intentions and events are both foreshadowed and provided with context and world explanations. Now I will attempt to write a review that moves past the "it's not bad, so it's marvelous!"
Other reviews have commented on the sword and sorcery tone of the book. I found these reviews to be very accurate, the writing overall clearly aims to duplicate/callback to the old sword & sorcery tales such as Conan and Thongor. It succeeds with perfect accuracy. For some, this will be a real selling point, for others the writing will feel stilted and out of date.
The other reviews also mention the main hero is transformed into a sex crazed gorgeous woman. This is also accurate for the early part of the novel. It is honestly the weakest part of the story. It holds up very well for a fetish work, but asking more of it makes the weak parts of the plot show up in glaring fashion. The line to get from "male knight" to "female maiden" is very roughly drawn.
This seems to a first work, and there are several typos throughout the book, tense disagreements, poor word choices, or what look like rewrites of scenes that were not properly smoothed together.
For all that, the plot is solid, the action smooth, the character's motivations and goals coherent, and the story both frankly erotic and a little funny. There are several darker toned moments in the novel, but the author navigates them surprisingly well.
For the price, I am not at all disappointing with my purchase. Cheap, readable, fetish flavored, strong world building, with a surprisingly upbeat ending and narrative point. It knows the genre it wants to be, and nails that mark perfectly. (Sword & Sorcery with genderbending erotic fantasy) If these tags are not what you're looking for, do not buy this book. If you're interested in these tags, you should not be disappointed in the slightest. Just be willing to forgive the occasional oddly formed sentence, word choice, or occasional fragmentary scene.