The Hall of the Wood delivers a Tolkien-like adventure with vivid characters and well paced action. I enjoyed the wilderness characters, especially the forest and various creatures that inhabit it. The factors that compel me to give 3 instead of 4 stars were what seemed to me to be too much exposition and internalized 'telling' that often was repetitive rather than informative. So, I found myself skimming over text to reach the good parts--those that moved the story along rather than dwelt on the predictable interior dialogue. Still, the story is a fine fantasy and I think lots of folks will enjoy it.