Frequently, fantasy tales fit within certain predictable guidelines. The types of characters one encounters in the story fit neatly into the same categories that characters from the last fantasy book one read would fit into. This one, however, is fresh and new.
The tale was well-told, it had plot-twists I never saw coming, and the characters were very real, interesting individuals. I enjoyed every page.
Granted, there were a few plot points that I felt could have been explained in better detail, but all in all this was a very well-written book with good continuity from cover to cover. It is worth reading, and I will be looking forward to seeing more work from this author in this fantasy world.