Firstly, I find it harsh that some people have completely slated this book, claiming it is filled with faults and poor writing. To me nothing can be further from the truth. I have read my share of fantasy, with Tolkien always being my benchmark. I have read the likes of Hobb and George.r.r Martin and I have found many books wanting. What I find in this series is a gripping tale filled with drama, suspense and a good deal of action. Also, the authors way of portraying the Most high (God) is excellent being almost philosophical in its nature.
I will agree, in some places you do question why some characters are in this tale when they do not seem to amount to anything. However the way the author challenges his main characters is heart rendering in places and it is almost impossible not to empathise with them, there are moments when I didn't want to see where the author was taking this story because it was so painful to watch his heroes suffer. This is a story that surprises at every turn and you never quite know in which direction it will go. This is not a perfect book by any means, it does have its flaws such as the way the action does skip at times but I don't believe this impedes the story greatly. You truly feel for the characters in this book and its compelling reading. Kirpatrick develops his key protagonists wonderfully, that alone makes this book worthwhile. I would truly say that in the years since I read Tolkien, this is the closest I have come to finding an author on par with him.