For the first third or so, this had me really hooked, much to my surprise given what it was turned into. I almost felt if I was reading both a compelling fantasy novel and a serious philosophical discussion on what "evil" means at one and the same time. However, that dissipated as the book went on, as I felt like the plot was manipulated to get to the end we all know is coming and with this there appears to be a change in tone. It almost felt as though the book was written at two separate times. Anyway, though I can't quite put my finger on what turned me off, I did generally like the whole thing and would recommend it over, say, the SPACE revision of this story. It's certainly above average fantasy, even if it never sustains the interest it creates in the beginning.