I'll admit that this isn't the kind of read I usually go for, but I was planning to attend the JRW Conference and Katherine was to be on several panels. It's actually how I find lots of new reads. I always feel compelled to read a little something by each of the keynotes before I go to conference. It does keep my reading more well-rounded, too.
This book has been selling for twenty years. Really! In like it's fortieth printing and I think she's in nearly every darn country in the world. It's a quest novel. If you like that kind of book: people searching for something, in danger, delving into the past, visiting amazing foreign places and cultures -- grab this one.