I read this book on a prerelease offer from the author (lovely guy visit his website you won't regret it) It grabs you from the very beginning. Starting with dramatic events that set up the rest of the book. I appreciated that it was realistic in the characters not immediately liking each other, having doubts and generally acting like normal people do. I won't spoil the ending but it was surprising in a good way not the normal happily ever after. The way the hero rises is original makes this book well worth reading. I eagerly anticipate the next one (hint hint to Michael if you're reading this) :). If you enjoy fantasy I highly recommend this book.