I would say 4.5 stars, really. If you ignore various typos and missing commas (expected both of those), it's a great story. I am honestly getting a bit tired of faux-medieval sword-wielding fantasy, which is why I did not just sit down and swallow it in 2 days. My other issue is that all those lords Al Somebody feel the same, can't tell them apart. The author is fond of names with lots of Ls and Rs in them, which just adds to the problem.