This book was ok. I didn't appreciate that it just ends with a cliff hanger. To me, it seems that it is 1/3 of a story rather than book 1 of a trilogy. It also has an entire series (of at least 7 books) that preface this series. Nowhere in the blurb on the back of the book does it mention this, but it is very apparent from the first chapter that if you haven't read the previous series, you are missing crucial background information.