This book could have been a 4 for me if a few of the overly descriptive parts had been left out. Yes, I know...it's fantasy, and it's to be expected. While Golding has an excellent writing style and nice flow, I found myself skimming a few random parts that were only cosmetic to the story, and was still able to keep up with no problem.That said, this book was a pleasant read and I enjoyed it. It's always nice to read about growth in the main characters, and both the hero and heroine had to overcome pre-programmed prejudices against each other's cultures. It was a cute fantasy story - good enough to pass the time.