I always start a book a little reluctantly, having read so many that disappoint. No disappointments are to be had with this book. The characters are developed to the point that you would not be surprised to see them alive in the kingdom next door. Scenery is described to the point that you have a vivid visual in your mind's eye but not over described so you end up skimming parts of the book. Story flow is smooth and doesn't tarry too long in any spot.
I can't wait to see what happens next!