I will say that this was a brutal book. (not to read) Just the story in general. I don't feel that books should not be read by a particular age group, BUT, this is not David Eddings type fantasy. Its not even George Martin fantasy, It stands on its own, and the parent in me finds the explicit sexual encounters not appropriate for the under 18 crowd. (I hate myself for saying that) I did enjoy the story and like how certain themes from our times have been incorporated into it. I enjoyed the medieval theme pared with perhaps some....alien encounters. And despite my being uncomfortable with aspects of the book, I can work past it and see the greater story and am looking forward to the next books in the series. And a side note here, I would love a prequel!!