I do agree with other readers in that this is basically a children's book, for the slightly darker-attuned imagination of 12 year olds and above but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable. A fantasy where Roland (of Gilead, from the Stephen King epic, The Dark Tower) is trying to sort out his children, Peter and Thomas. Thomas, being the younger brother to Peter and is not as skilled as he is no matter how hard he tries, feels slightly isolated and unloved, but finds refuge in the court magician, Flagg (Any fan of King's work will recognise that name and know that it is synonimous with evil and treachery). As you can imagine, political, supernatural and familiar treachery and intrigue ensues. It is a lot of fun, and not to be taken as seriously as The Stand or Duma's Key, and it is the most child-friendly. Some of the scenes are very dark though so be aware when reading to children.