Try as I might, I just couldn't connect with this book— Something that is likely due to the fact that I'm pretty far removed from the target audience, but still. The setting didn't really catch me, although I did appreciate that there were many women in it (despots, still, but then again I've lost hope of seeing anarchosyndicalist communes in fantasy). Other problem that's a common trend with fantasy: I felt there were far too many fantasy names with little original content behind. Nothing was particularly new, yet we were served with a plethora of strange names that really dragged down reading comprehension. All the talk about polyamory (which I'm biased against, I'll admit) felt really forced (but I suppose it's good to have it, at least to introduce us to their future relationship). There were too many characters to my taste, some felt unnecessary and by the first half of the book, the story hadn't progressed much— the plot progression is slow, far too slow to my taste, and it moves with a lot of deus ex machina and frankly implausible coincidences. Still, the writing is fluid and pretty good, I just feel the whole plot could be a little tighter.
I'll try to read it again some other time though, maybe when I'm more on the lookout for what this series has to offer.