The book starts off kind of confusing because the characters aren't described in detail. There are some blank spots that left me confused and making up the characters looks and mannerisms on my own, especially the chimera. That gets evened past the middle of the books and things start to come together and questions from beforehand are answered. by about two thirds of the way through things get really rich and it starts to feel as you are in all of the parts of what is going on and remembered.
The thing that really put this book off for me was the ending. The biggest question was left unanswered until the literal last sentence. Then the Epilogue completely dismisses the last chapter except for one sentence.
It left me reeling from how it was left and I couldn't get myself to read the second book because of it.