The crystal-clear descriptiveness in the writing had me hooked from the very beginning. The writing is very compelling, and I could often visualize in detail what was being described. It also evoked a bit of emotion in me at times, which is always good.
There are a few slower points along the way, but it doesn't diminish the quality of the book in any way. I have read about 75% of the book, and I am really looking forward to finishing it. If you are looking to read something that takes place on a rather grand scale, that is also inspirational, this is definitely worth the read.