It took me quite a while to finish this book. In fact, I think it may be the only prose novel I actually finished this year (2014). While I enjoyed it, it was a bit too long, and the ending isn’t terribly satisfying; it’s mostly just setting things up for the next book.
If you’re a faster reader than I am, and/or you have more free time than I do, then I’d recommend this as a good start to an epic fantasy series with good characters and an interesting world. But, for me, I think I’m not going to continue with the next book in this series. I’m going to stick with some shorter stand-alone novels for the foreseeable future.