This is a difficult book to get into. A very difficult book to get into. I'm not even entirely sure why (although I know why I'm not sure why; it's because it's hard to get into and thus, analyze).
This seems like it'd be a great epic, but it's kind of meh. The pacing doesn't seem quite right, except then you look again and realize many many pages passed in a blur as your eyes glazed over because the beginning, for whatever reason, was so inscrutable.
It also seems to end rather abruptly. There really isn't a wind-down after the main action.
I don't quite feel the romance between the two characters, and that throws the entire thing off, as it is rather critical in this story's appeal.