By far my favourite ever book and author this is an absorbing, and entertaining read that you won't want to put down. While some elements of the setting may not be wholly original (young lord, driven from his home by invaders, must train and travel until he can seek his revenge) the way in which the story is told and the characterisation are incredibly well done. You really feel for the characters and become involved in their journey and relationships. When I first read this I didn't know there was a sequel but I wasted no time in searching the book shops until I found one. There are in fact 3 more books in this series all equally good and each with a different slant (horror/conspiracy etc), The Demon Lord, The Dragon Lord, and the Warlord's Domain. They must be read in order as the plot becomes gradually more involved and new truths and conspiracies are uncovered.
Peter Morwood has a wonderful talent for mixing fantasy with sci-fi - read carefully and you'll see sci-fi elements through the eyes of one who lives in a world of magic.
If you like this then you'll also like his Tales from Old Russia series (beginning with Prince Ivan). And the Clan Wars books (prequels to the Horse Lord but sadly out of print and very expensive second hand [...] but thats how prized they are).
Buy this second hand NOW and enjoy the best read you've had in a long time.