The writer of "The Shore at the Edge of the World" is in his eighties and it really shows. As in, he's probably one of the most experienced writers out there. I'm not sure about his other works, but this one is great.
I enjoyed all of the characters. The protagonist is a little odd, but odd doesn't equal bad in many situations.
The plot is a little lacking. I liked how light it went.
The use of 3rd-narrative, while shameful in conservative fantasy writing circles, was very well-done here. It read in an almost literary way, without the common literary drawbacks.
The setting is really cool.
If you like fantasy, especially the occasional 3rd-narrative fantasy, consider picking up the September/October issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, or, if possible, borrow it from a friend.