I never know to say in these things. I guess that says something about me. I read a lot, write stories, and like books. I like a good debate. Nothing else is to say. :-)
I began to read this a month ago because I needed a change of pace, but got sidetracked with writing. Finally I was able to pick this back up this week and I am glad I finished it.
I liked how this book was structured. It was almost two books in one. The first story was the setup to introduce the characters and the world...and what would be the overall theme and story line, while the second part built on that story and also told some side tales. But all of them added to the tale. It was a bit jarring at first to realize that you were basically reading to full and complete stories in one book, that could be read alone if wanted, but it worked out since using this format, one could skip ahead a good bit in the story easily.
I admit to liking the second half of the book better I felt that the writer really found this groove then and everything was smoother and the characters seemed more real and fleshed out. I also liked how he is slowly building the mystery of who exactly Royce and Hadrian are because I know there is more to them, even more than the revelations already told...giving little teases here and there, but not giving it all away. Some I guessed, of course. Now if only to figure out the heir....
Overall....I enjoyed this a lot. The world building was great and I like the two main guys a lot. One other upside...so far...I like the ladies as well. I t is hard to find some well written ladies in fantasy. I celebrate when I do.