The book was WAY too long. She would have been better served to split it into several books. I found that I lost interest along the way and would become bored with the story. While parts of it were very interesting and I enjoyed almost all of the smaller stories, I think the overall picture dragged and was burdened by the overwhelming length. I suppose many adult fantasy novels are enormous, but this one was too much for me. I also loved the footnotes and funny stories about magic that Clarke threw in, even if they weren't necessary to the story.
Some magical violence, but nothing gory.
Overall rating: ***