I soooo wanted to like this book/series to the point I bought book 2 & 3 right after I finished book 1. I do wish I would have waited to buy book 3. I struggled to get thru this book. Part way thru chapter 4 or 5 I tried the audio book to see if that would help get me in to it. The audible did nothing to solve the issue of a slow moving plot as it raced towards a predictable conclusion. This book should have been a short story maybe this way it could just get to the point. So much time spent on subplot that really did not contribute to the storyline or character development. Actually wish there would have been more character development because it was hard for me to relate or even like most of them. They were all so static. What you got when you first met them, like all of them, was what you go when they died or book finished.