I see from other reviews that this book is either a love-love or a hate-hate read. For me it was indeed love, I loved the prologue, the layout of the plot and the main character. The book is really centered on the main character, and you just can't stop wondering how, given the start, the end can be fullfilled. I've also read the second book, "wise man fear" and I'm looking forward to the next installment of the series. The world this tale is set in is whole, charming and intriguing. I would recommend this to all fantasy readers (it is indeed fantasy so expect magic, wizards, kingdoms, knights and tinkers) who like to read about an entertaining tale,, deep thinking, plot twists, misfortune-coping, a single character-centered plot and a solid world setting. The adventures of Khvote are not to be missed. I'm eagerly waiting for more.