I got this as it was highly recommended to me by a friend who knows I enjoy epic fantasy.
It was good. It was well-written. However, I think that in its epic scope, it loses something. I usually very much enjoy stories where you're just dropped into the action, rather than sitting through lots of exposition and explanation, but here, often, just not enough clues are given to let you actually know what's going on. There are lots (and lots) of interesting characters, but I failed to be as emotionally involved with their lives as I wanted to be. However, by the end, it picked up a bit, and I think I'll try at least the next one in the series to see if I feel more drawn in to the story.