Mixed feelings on this one. I "suppose" it's a game, but it's kind of annoying have to pass that big book around every minute. Almost too "fiddly" for me. Not a game for the impatient style player, and definitely not for someone who enjoys controlling their own destiny in a game.
Out of Runebound, Prophecy and this, I still think Talisman has the best overall Fantasy theme. It's pretty to look at with wonderful components, and it has just enough interaction to not be boring. It's not quite what I want in an adventure game, especially with the stupid quest for the crown, but it's pretty close and there are enough cards and expansions now to give the game some good variety.