My Rating: 5/5
This is a book that every fantasy reader should devour at once, along with the next three books of the series, as it lays the foundation of a love in all things magic and wonderful.
The supernatural elements have the same amount of importance as the political in this novel which makes the plot intriguing and intellectual as well as the exciting action that follows.
No fantasy reader should be without this book, or series, on their shelves. The extent of the importance of this novel to the genre of fantasy fiction cannot be highlighted enough.