I have read it and believe me for those who know I am a picky reader on some geners, it was amazing. Fantasy is beginning to take a hold on me and Steven's book made it more so. The battles, twists, magic, dragons and wonderful realistic characters. Steven's writing style is amazing. He knows how to grip the reader with all the action taken place. Let's face it if I was 700 years old I would want to be able to kick some ass as well.