Run of the mill "save the princess" stories. Nothing against Kiln, but this type of story is just so overdone. Most of the story follows the characters on a journey that never seems to end and then you realize it's just book 1. They travel for a bit, run into people that need to die, travel some more, stay a night in a village where someone needs to be rescued.
Rinse and repeat.
A lot of authors are guilty of this, deciding to write a series and using filler to create book 1 so people will buy it to read the 2nd, 3rd, and beyond. Some it works for because the characters are at least interesting and the world building gives an interesting world to get lost in. But with the child-like naming of animals and weapons to the dry fight scenes, this is not one of those.
There is no real character development here and you won't feel for a single one of them. Ganry wants so badly to be a likable character but falls flat just like the insufferable princess and this random Artas character who is just along for the journey. The plot is also kind of "meh" and didn't grab me from the beginning. Princess runs away after Uncle decides he wants the throne and will stop at nothing to find her.
All in all, I didn't hate the book. It just wasn't for me and is more suited for a younger audience as the writing just doesn't match up with some of the more popular writers out today. I did like the cover art, though.