For me, this one just did not work at all. I found out after starting it that this was about a character that is in this author's other titles. So although I did not feel lost at all since this is a book one I did feel as though I was missing a lot of what this character stood for since I have never read anything from this author before.
As for this story itself, the story felt a little cliche but well paced. I think that the page count of over 550 pages was a little much. And I think some of it could have been cut down to make the story faster (just a smidge).
The characters did feel fully formed and I think I might check out another book by this author. And I think that this one would make a great TV series.