Before I start, this book not for everyone. Fans of books from GRR Martin will absolutely love this one. However, people who much rather prefer reading classical fantasy consisting of elves, wizards and orcs will not find that here. Sure there are wizards, but not in any way similar to Dumbledore.
When reading this, there was so much from it that came from the Song from Ice and Fire series. But Abercrombie developped his own style and it is distinct from many other authors. His prose is short and to the point which makes for a very easy read, and I use that term loosely because the story is quite heavy. The three characters are well thought out and heroes in different ways.
Great job for the first installment of the series.