This book pushed all my emotional buttons and reminded me how much I missed reading heroic fantasy. I want to finish this series. You get invested in the characters, their heartaches, challenges, and joys, and then there's the feel-good satisfaction well timed revenge brings, along with the consequences. There are always consequences. The action, battle strategies, and weapons are all well described. The magic system makes sense and is both familiar and strange. The plot is good and character development logical and satisfying. Nowhere did I find myself skipping pages out of boredom. I did however read faster certain parts as I became more and more enthralled. I love the author's writing style and will, apart from this series, read more of his books.