I wanted to like this one. Really I did. It sounded interesting, and the fact that it was the first of what sounded like a great series really drew me in, but it was more just meh. It was historically fascinating, but I just never cared about the characters. I know it's the first in a series, but I often felt like I'd walked into the middle of something and should have known more. Not a bad read, just a disappointing one.