Lots of false starts on this trilogy. Think the beginning is confusing - too many people, too quickly. After the introductory sections it calms down and improves as it goes along.
I loved the world. I thought the hero could perhaps not wander around the wilderness quite so much but I loved the land magic and the realms. I wish that the last third of the book had some of Raederle's POV because she became frustrating in the last part.
If you like LOTR, The Wizard of Earthsea, or the Name of the Wind, check this one out.