Enjoyed the plot and world building, found the main characters intriguing, but couldn't find myself invested in the side characters and their stories. It pulled me in at the beginning, but seemed stretched out towards the middle and didn't pick back up towards the end.
I thought the author could have worked on better back story for his characters a little more. Most of them seemed to be abused in one way or another whether that be emotionally, physically or sexually. I don't mind an angsty or vengeful character, and granted that in real life shit does happen to loads of people but it seems as if most of the characters share a common trait in the abuse department. I wish he would have given some characters some light instead of shining said light on their dark pasts.
I liked the cliffhanger at the end, it sets up well for the next book in the series.