THis was such an amazing book, my friend had told me that they thought it was better than harry potter and I disagreed but he kept pushing me to read this so i did. Finished it in 8 days, not fast for some, but it was fast for me. I would have to say I might like this book better than the first harry potter but thats just me. I still think that I like harry potter more in general, however this book was very good. It's like LOTR and Harry potter together but more intense sections. This book was published before harry potter as well, but anyway you should give this book a go. I really enjoyed it, the characters are very well developed and easy to fall in love with. This book is has everything from humor, love, suspense, action...etc. It even kind of scared me a little. This is one of those epic first books in a series, I am on the second book now. Read if you are into adventure, fantasy, magic... LOTR, Harry Potter, etc. I think you might be surprised.