It's an awesome game! It does start slowly, but it helps you to learn the ropes and once you hit the main city of Gran Soren not far into the game, it opens up all kinds of options for character development with occupations, skills, pawns, items, weapons and of course quests. I would add that the combat is a lot more intricate than merely 'hack&slash', there's loads of skill choices to make use of in battles depending on occupation.
Some of the battles against bigger foes are quite epic and it's awesome that you can leap up and grab onto/crawl all over them, though a bit worrying if something like a Griffin decides to fly miles up in the sky with your stamina draining(that stat allowing you to hold on...till it runs out). Someone on the last page mentioned it was a bit like Ray Harryhausen monster movies at times and I really like that analogy .
There's nothing more worrying earlier on in the game than wandering out into the wilds on a quest or simply exploring, you start to see the sun come down and nervously break out your lantern and pray that none of the creatures that prowl at night come looking for you in the near pitch black...