Thank you to LibraryThing and the publishers, Medallion Press, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I received a copy of this book from a LibraryThing giveaway, not realising it was the third in a trilogy or really knowing anything about it at all. What I entered into was a complex world (or worlds, I should say) far beyond my expectations.
Considering that this book is the third and final book in a trilogy, the author did a good job of catching me up to speed in the first couple of chapters so that I didn't feel so in the dark. However, I was still missing a lot and at times there were things I didn't understand or could have used some context, which is to be expected when I came in as the story was drawing to a close.
I can still appreciate the imaginative and complicated plot of the novel, but the large cast of characters made it hard to feel connected to any of them. They arrive abruptly and were there for a short period, then gone and replaced by someone else just as quickly. This made it hard to see any real character development among any of them. I did however enjoy the plot twists and turns, particularly the major one at the end, and am intrigued enough to maybe pursue how it all began.