I thought the book was well written, but ultimately I didn't really like it. The book looks as if it will follow a very well used literary path, child born into privilege, has some bad things happen in his youth, is forced to flee, spends time in another land, then returns to his boyhood home for redemption and over coming his boyhood fears, while learning that seeing things through adult eyes casts a different picture of his childhood. But in this story nothing seems to work out in the end for the protagonist. I felt at the close of the book, that it was sort of like well what's the point?
I felt the book did do a good job of introducing a different culture to readers who might not know anything about it.