C+ for "Briar King" by Greg Keyes
The Briar King starts off well, and then flounders a bit. It was an interesting story, but I found some of the coincidences to be a bit much. The love between certain characters seems to blossom too quickly to be seen as realistic, and the mysterious nature of unfolding events was the only thing that kept me reading.
A decent read, but you absolutely shouldn't even be looking at this unless you've already read Rothfuss and George RR Martin and the other authors I've constantly recommended. Perhaps it picks up in later books, however, so you may still want to give it a try.