I'd call this standard genre fantasy -- complete with map at the front, characters with jewel-tone eyes, dragons, dwarves etc -- except that there's something that, for me, sets it apart from the run of genre fantasy. Perhaps it's simply that I like the cast. The prose makes my brain itch: I want to scribble suggestions, and circle repetitions, and liven up the writing a little. But the story is a good one, with a couple of well-telegraphed twists and one that I truly didn't see coming. I'm very much looking forward to reading the next one.
reposted here from LJ in order to keep all my reviews in one place