One thing I have noticed with Jennifer Estep's writing is there is lots of repeation of phrases, details, descriptions and other little nuances. Once you get past that the story is pretty good and her books become addictive. I like mythology and urban fantasy, so it makes me enjoy this series so far despite begin force-fed copy and paste phrases amd details from the first book. There was way too much recap of the storyline of the first book that I skimmed a lot of the beginning. Once all the recap was done, which was a good chunk of the book, things took off and got interesting.