This is a good, but not a great read. All of the elements of epic fantasy are present, but the whole is not greater than than the sum of the parts. The story is well constructed, but the seams are quite visible. Nothing surprised me. The characters seem to go through the motions rather than come alive. The plot twists are interesting but not earth shattering. The language does not soar. This could have been much more than it was.
This is obviously the first of a series and I will probably read the follow-on books. I hope that the quality goes up. There are open questions that will draw me in.