A good read with interesting characters and an intriguing world. I actually got this book out of my local library so I will be requesting the second installment when I get the opportunity. Despite the good story there were more than several instances that stand out for me where the author seems to use the word giggles a lot. While Jara was by no means a dour character she didn't seem to be a particularly giggly one either. A minor annoyance to be sure but still it stood out in an otherwise decent story.