This is on of those books where I can't figure out why I didn't love it. It was high fantasy of the best sort. Wars, magic, princesses, interesting religions and all kinds of love and murder. I usually go crazy for that but I just couldn't get into this one. The characters are all kind of boring and predictable. Maybe if just one of them had seemed more fleshed out I would have liked it more. Also, sometimes when authors kill characters now it doesn't feel right. It's more like they are just doing it for the shock factor.
Overall it was an interesting but predictable story. I'll read the second if I can find it at the library but I won't buy it.