A fantastic fantasy book. When I started reading it I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy it. After about 50-100 pages I was enthralled. I am anxiously anticipating the rest of the trilogy. Great character development. Great dialogue, including internal dialogue. As the plot thickened I found myself hardly able to put the book down. Not a lot of action, but it isn't needed to push the story along or keep interest and excitement. Political intrigue and twisting character arcs. Great book.