I did enjoy it. Found I floundered a bit in the middle, but things kept moving. I still love the magic system. I was a bit thrown by some of the things the characters did... but perhaps another read through might help with that. I wanted to like it more. So, it's probably deserving of 4 stars... I wanted a 5 star book... and it's a good read... especially the last few chapters - things get sharp and fast and intrigue abounds... really, really good.