Highly recommended for fantasy fans but also for anyone who just likes a compelling story. I read this while travelling in Malaysia. It felt pretty bizarre, in a kind of magical way, to be inside the water laden world of Esperance while I was surrounded by water, catching a Ferry from Langkawi to Penang. The main characters are well drawn and believable and easy to invest in. The very real human tension, angst and self-discovery solidifies the fantastic surroundings – dragons and all – and makes it feel very real.