The first few scenes of this book seemed over-edited, like the author and his editorial associates pounded all the life and sense out of the prose. The sentences didn't flow together and I had to re-read a lot to figure out who was doing what. But then suddenly the writing was as smooth as peanut butter and stayed that way throughout the remainder of the narrative. The overall story more than made up for the jerky beginning. I liked the moral ambiguity on display. Much of what I really loved about this book I don't want to write about in this space because they'd be spoilers. I'll just say that I'll certainly be picking up the next in the series.