This is definitely a book for fans of epic fantasy. We follow a young boy, and his 2 companions ,on their quest to find a mythical figure called "the Stewart". But somewhere in the middle the tension wavers. There are too many storylines, different factions and the story becomes, unnecessary, over complicated.
Fortunately, the story, and tension, picks up again and it ends( at 553 pages no less) with a feeling that one wants to read the second instalment.