Simply one of the best fantasy novels I've read in a long time. Right up there with George RR Martin and Patrick Rothfuss. This is the first novel in a planned trilogy. Tonnes of great intrique and suspense, waring factions trying to influence the king, and memorable characters. Citherin is a really neat and relatable character and so is Wester. Not that much traditional action/battles but that didn't impact my enjoyment of the book. Can't wait for book 2. You should read this if you at all like epic fantasy.