I find most of Kerr's books in this series to be a bit redundant after the first one. Similar conflicts, the same characters, the same explanations. After reading the first and second books, I found the series a bit boring. That said, if you are really into Celtic fantasy, this book fits the bill. Worth reading, even if Kerr does get a bit redundant at times. (How many times, after all, is she going to explain the name 'Nevyn' or make a play on words about 'no one'? How many times will the same characters make the same mistakes, even though they can see the consequences ahead of them?). The blurb on the back says it is a "dazzling fantasy saga" and is "a vast and intricate tapestry of conflict, intrigue, and high magic that transcends the bounds of time and space." The second part of the description is apt... but I am not sure I would consider this "dazzling."