First book I've heard by this author. Coming late to the series didn't hurt the story at all. It was a good read, a good story, but not fantastic enough to make me want to grab the other books. I might go back and read them, but I feel like there's enough in this one to make it unnecessary. I will be waiting for the next book, though.
Good writing. Great characters. A little bit unreal--enough so that you never forget it's fiction. Still, an interesting place to visit.