This is the first book in an epic fantasy series. I read all of them back to back after seeing an add on facebook. This book starts off a little shaky, but the story and characters gain strength as the book progresses. I love how the Irish mythology is woven into the plot. Finn, the main character, took a little bit to grow on me, but ultimately I'm rooting for her and her allies. Iseult, a tortured warrior-type, is probably my favorite character.
One common complaint I see among reviews is that "nothing" is "resolved" in this book. I agree, but I don't see that as a bad thing. Stories take on lives of their own; they grow and change during the writing of them. When you have a book in the "epic fantasy" genre, that story branching out into a series is kind of a given. It's not a cash grab - believe me, the real money is NOT in writing fantasy novels! To tell a story the way it should be told, an author often has to break that story into multiple books. That is the case here. I actually subscribed to KU just to read this series for free - and it was worth it!
So to the critics, I shrug and say, "get over it." If you want a standalone story, don't read a series. If you want everything tied up in a neat little package at the end of the first novel in a series...you're gonna have a hard time.
But if you DO want to delve into an awesome, epic fantasy series, READ THIS ONE. Seriously - it's worth it. I would love to visit this world and hang out with these characters. There's tons of myth, magic, party banter, and some great plot twists.