High fantasy is not high on my priority of favorite genre. However, I do like to challenge myself from time to time, to read outside of my comfort zone. I'd like to be surprised, and I did, several times (most notably with my now loving historical MM). But either it was my not favoring the genre or Durreson's writing just didn't click with me (I have only read two of her stories and they weren't that memorable to me either), this one was just okay in my book. Not blown-away nor interested with the sequel.