I wonder why people don't read this much. It's perfect for everyone. It's got hunting, fishing, farming, fighting, wrestling, witches, adventure, misadventure, villans, robbers, sucking mud pits, inpentetrable fog, mystery, chivalry, dasterdliness, history, eloquence, musicality, loyalty, fair maidens in distress, dashing heros, suspense, and romantic love. It doesn't challenge any conventions at all, but it certainly employees almost all of them. Even though the language gets sticky occassionally (because of the age of the novel and the time it was set in) I think that any avid reader, male or female, between the ages of 12 and 112, would enjoy this novel. I certainly did.