A unique take on a magic system, but all is not what it seems in regards to the rules governing the magic. In fact, finding out what's causing these strange things to happen is a major part of the plot. Traditional fantasy main character from humble beginnings. (Interestingly, all the most powerful magic wielders come from humble origins in this system, and their inheritance is unique.) Sometimes the pace was a little too slow for my taste, such that I stopped wondering "What happens next?" and started wondering if anything *would* happen. The denouement was also overly long and seemingly aimless. But overall, an interesting read, though clearly not a standalone. Need to read the second book to really get an idea of what this series is about. Looking forward to it, though.