This was, at best, a 3.5 star book. I was expecting big things after all the hype and this book just dragged. I think it suffered from previous-book-fame wherein the editors in charge of the next book overlook a myriad of issues because they know it will sell anyway. What was so wrong you ask? It was just overlong, by at least a hundred pages. The pace was too slow and there were lost opportunities for show don't tell. The entire first part of the book would have been better served as a series of select flashbacks. I spent 300 pages waiting for the big 'something' to happen. Once it did, the book hummed along at a good pace but until then it was a slogfest.