This book started great - fun whimsical creatures set in a middle-ages era kingdom. However, as it progressed we get introduced into more and more side stories. Somewhere about 2/3 through, i encountered a scene with about 14 individual characters intersecting and i just gave up - too many "lead" characters. For space-opera / fantasy people who like many characters, this is a great book - if you are more the type that involve a cast of less than 8, maybe you should avoid. The writing was fine - it was the number of threads i couldn't take.