Interesting story, more for some of the creatures than the overall plot. The writing has that major drawback that seems to be prevalent in fantasy; repetition. There was a lot of people hissing, growling, etc. There were also a couple of characters who seemed to primarily be included for the furthering of the plot, without being well fleshed out, or even worse, being disposed of in half-hearted ways. It it left me feeling a bit grimy.