I made this my summer book a couple years ago, i think i was 13 or 14. I had picked it up at chapters one day when my dad had taken me on a big book-spree (yes, im insanely in love with books) anyway, on our way out i spotted it in a bargain box and i instantly had to have it. Even though it was a beautiful hardcover, I got it for little more than 6 bucks. I bought it straight away. i started reading it that night and was done about 2 weeks later. The characters are amazingly real to me, and the setting was so well thought out that i was actually convinced a few times that it was real! i really loved that book, and have read it once more after that summer. If you like fantasy novels, I really do suggest this one because it has everything you could ever ask for; romance, fighting, quests, arguments, elves, humans, knights, princesses, kings, deception etc. etc. I could go on, but im not going to take up your time since your going to buy the book now instead of listening to me ramble on about how AWESOME it was **winks** go, buy, now!