I bought this book in Seattle and carried it to London and Bangkok where a ruthlessly abandon it due to its complete failure to bring me into the story.
I thought the writing "dated", (some have noted the passage about "the seeds quickening"... ROFL!) the characters clichés (the story with the revengeful brother pushing his sister in the arms of a barbarian smelled pathos). I felt I could predict the story without even reading the book (I may be wrong but will never know). There was no sense of mystery or magic and not even of Fantasy.