I really loved this book, and the others in the series. It has great world building, and very interesting at that. It reminded me a bit of Harry Potter in that while there is a school of magic, there are things going on behind it. Even some elements of the 3rd book remind me of the last Harry Potter book, which actually came out after. It also had an interesting love story in it, which was far from the common tales.
So I recommend it to all fantasy lovers. It's very exciting. There isn't a lot of romance in it, which is refreshing. The story is very long, about 7 books in the world now. The history and the surrounding stories are fascinating. Give it a try, if you haven't already!