I have a love hate relationship with fantasy. Well written fantasy I really love but poorly written fantasy I really don’t. This story definitely falls in the loved it category. The fantasy elements where there, but were not shoved in your face. I didn’t have to spend pages upon pages trying to figure out who was an elf and who was a human, because for the most part it didn’t matter, until it did and by then you just knew.
Every character in the story was three dimensional, no cardboard cutouts here. The author spend the time to portray reality of people’s lives in the times then people still had chamberpots to dump. That was a refreshing change. The story was well thought through, and even when I could see what was coming, the story was compelling enough that I wanted to keep going. This to me is a sign of a well written story.
I definitely well be reading the rest of the books in this series, and would recommend them to anyone who enjoys a good fantasy.