John Brown has created a unique fantasy world, and populated it with interesting characters. Much of the book is written from the perspective of Talen, a smart youth who is caught up in the swirl of dangerous events. This book is fantasy done right. It has many of the classic fantasy elements, but presents a new, complex way of looking at things. Characters are not clearly good or evil, and their motivations are multi-layered just as people in reality.
I have read this book twice in the last few months, because I enjoyed it immensely. The only let down is that the sequel isn't out yet. If you enjoy fantasy, especially when it is well-crafted, read this book.
You can read the first chapter of this amazing book at the author's website here.