I read this many years ago and it still sits on my bookshelf. It was a wonderful start to an amazing trilogy.
Full of all manner of beasts, magic and war. It tells the story of simon, who at the start of this story is a mere boy, but who grows and matures through the course of the story.
Looking back at it now it does remind me a litle of the lord of the rings (but then most things do). At it's core it is a story of good versus evil.