This was an enjoyable fantasy about a world that's been turned to blight everywhere except a single kingdom which seems to be protected by a tower. Not many of the details are explained here as this is slated as book one in a five part series. This was my main complaint about the book. It felt like the plot never really kicked in fully. In any event, there are scores of fun and interesting characters but I don't quite know why they are doing the things they are doing. I hopeful that the second book, which is supposed to be coming out this fall, will start to pull the elements together. My rating may go up.