I wanted to like this so much more. Clever female warrior protagonist? Sign me up! The world and plot were interesting (though sometimes slow), but somehow every time I thought I was supposed to feel something my heart was unmoved--and my heart is always ready to be moved. Yet I was left only mentally rooting for the story. It's still worth reading just for a new female-led flavor of this type of story. I'm hoping that somehow the author imbues her sequel(s) with whatever is necessary to lift the characters off the page into the literary world of real-(though-of course--not-real) that'll make me care about everything happening to them.