I only read fantasy occasionally and due to that, I tend to be very picky about those that I pick up. I want it to be worth my time away from other books. While I have enjoyed this author before and the excerpt was a sample of what I feel will be more great writing, I'm not compelled to pick up the full-length story. It might be a too high-fantasy for my interests. Knowing that this is book one of more stories to come, also deters me.