This book built up considerable interest and suspense in the beginning of the book and I quite liked it. I felt that it lagged quite a bit toward the end, in fact, I got sick of it. I read until the end because by page 450 I was certainly committed and needed to finish, but the book had lost some of its suspense. It seemed to just be one thing after another in the great quest that the characters were on to the point where I didn't really have any interest in what happened to characters. That said, it was compelling for the majority of the book and the writing is quite good.