While the premise of this book really interested me, I found the writing style very hard to get into. I believe it was the way the dialogue flowed that dampened my reaction to the story, as it felt very dry and chock-full of exposition. The story is set in the 1100s, so I suppose there is some leeway in how speech is presented. But for me, it was a real road block.
I certainly wouldn't deter anyone from giving this a chance though, as it is free on GoodReads afterall and quite brief at barely 40 pages or so. I may give the second volume a chance when it comes out, just to see if I warm up to it any more than this.