I kept not reading this book because both the title and the cover really put me off. On a friend's recommendation, I finally picked it up and loved it. At first. About halfway through, I found myself bored by lots of expository mythology and just wanting something more to happen. Overall, by the end, I felt like it was pretty much a bunch of set up for the good stuff to hopefully come in book two. A bit disappointing because it started off so strong for me.