While the book showed initial promise, especially in the light tone, and the writing usually felt crisp and refreshing, I found the story rather wayward in execution. The middle, especially, felt lost, at times jerking itself about, its course corrections feeling erratic. If the story was more solid, I would easily bump this book up to four stars. There really is a whole lot that I like about the book, but somehow the pieces just don't quite come together right.
Despite being a fantasy novel, the book read more like a science fiction novel, putting its attention more into the details and circumstances than most fantasy novels bother with.
Although the tale is light hearted and amusing, the book isn't actually a comedy. Don't expect to laugh out loud, but do expect to smile. All in all, this book is marshmallow fluff, but that's no insult. Sometimes, we all just need a little fluff.