Pecooper said, "I got 30 or 40 pages in, and it clicked for me."

That's it exactly. You must be willing and able to read the first 30-40 pp. in order to get into The Worm. (The same thing happened to me. It took a couple of tries to get in, and then I was hooked....)

The "three armies" is great, as is the wrestling match between Gorice and a matter of fact, there are a dozen marvelous scenes- the one w/ Brandoch Daha and the phantom maiden strongly reminds me of a similar encounter in The Green Pearl....and, IMHO, it's just as good....

IF there were any Justice, Jack Vance would have won the Nobel Prize in Literature!