At times it seems like this book is trying to be a Conan book, only not as good. It has it's moments when it is a fun read, but sometimes it drags on. One issue is that you don't get a map or detailed summary of the area in which everything is happening. It doesn't really take away from the story, but it would be nice. There are also parts in the book that don't advance the story or add up to anything at all. Aside from those low points, it's a decent read. 3 stars.