While I found the narration started out weirdly monotone, after the first chapter it got much better. The voices were easily distinguishable and there was never any question between what was dialogue and what the characters were thinking. I liked that there were two narrators to separate when the POV switched between male and female, as well.
The main character, Cecile, was pretty good, too. She was strong and didn't take everything lying down after being kidnapped, but I found she did fall in love pretty quickly (and while there were a few weeks that passed, that's not much when the guy is being a jerk!). Still, I liked her, and I found that she was a smart, relatively level-headed lady put through much hardship.
What I loved most about this book was the world-building. It didn't seem like anything was forgotten, and I found I could image everything very clearly. Nothing was left out, even from the places you didn't actually go to! There was a rich history built within inner and outer dialogue, and before I knew it I was engulfed in Trollus and the surrounding world.
On the negative aspects, I can't really say what the major thing that bothered me was, because it's really just a matter of me not liking the main characters choices. Some of the moves she makes I was sitting in my chair thinking, "Really? THAT'S what you do?"...so I can't complain about it.
Overall I enjoyed this story beginning to end, and look forward to finding out what happens next! There was so much mystery set up in the first one!