A gentle and entertaining fantasy. This was the first book of his that I've read, and I'm willing to seek out more, as I realize I jumped in part-way through a series. I liked the characters well enough, but some of the writing was a bit clunky and repetitive, and the dialogue often suffered from a bad case of exposition. Still, it was enjoyable, and I'd like to give this man another chance as he seems very well-regarded (what's with all the 'Terry' people in fantasy lit? I avoided this guy for so long because I associated him with that guy who writes the ridiculously overblown novels about Society and Swords or whatever).