I found this book to be easily read. Simple writing style. It's a story about one who wants to die by "martyrdom" although he'd die as a martyr for a country he despised. The beginning of the story only introduces a sad lonely - but mysterious man who seems to be more than he looks like. There's not much in the way of "magic" or sorcery in this book. Most of the magic and sorcery is found as legend for the post the main character fills and as the investiture of his place as the "Chosen One". The story is not complicated, but it isn't laid all out before you in this volume either. So I'm guessing that it gets more complicated as the next volume in the trilogy progresses.
I enjoyed reading this since it isn't very demanding and is a light escape.
The first in a short series... sword fights and adventures in a fantasy world... if you like traditional fantasy but are looking for a lighter book to read, this one fills the bill.
As a metalsmith myself, I've got to like a metalsmithing protagonist. And the tech stuff wasn't too bad, even; it's just unlikely that one person coulkd be a master of as many diverse skills as Devlin is supposed to be- but then, it IS fantasy. Pretty fun light reading fantasy series.
I enjoyed this alot. Good characters and a good story line. I enjoyed the writing style also
It was a little slow at first, but it got better