Hanson is a young, new author and he deserves your investment! I was skeptical when I started this book, but as I continued, I came to fall in love.
Full disclosure: this book starts slowly. But less than 1/4 of the way through, the characters are established and the story takes off. There was a small foot-dragging at the outset which vanished after about 2 hours' reading.
I am not a reader of steam-punk/airship/dragon-style fantasy, but I have read a LOT of fantasy. I enjoy Hanson's commitment to his characters' personalities and I his magic system is well-developed and thoroughly considered.
The world is believable, and that's not always true of unique magic systems - Hanson has obviously given his world and its history due diligence, and I like the culture he has developed for the world.
Steampunk? Dragons? Unique magic system? New, indie author? Look no further -- buy this book!