Wow. This is really a good story and good start to a possible great series (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne). It has the Wheel of Time + Game of Thrones + Malazan feel of greatness. For me, the best new Fantasy since The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson.
I can not recommend this book enough. The characters are well thought out, the world building is epic in scope, yet the details are clear and the story absorbing. I have been wanting to find another Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss, George RR Martin, and Robert Jordan. And I have found him in Brian Staveley.
If you like your fantasy to have a vast world with a rich history, characters with real human flaws, excellent story arc and good old fashion action, you will love this.
Hurry up The Providence of Fire.