The plot took turns which were unexpected and maintained intrigue. But while interesting and enjoyable, I am not rushing to read the next book in the series. At times, I found the characters stilted and I was not able to relate to them or their actions. This may be the author's intention. With the book having a strong Japanese presence, the author is writing cross-culturally, perhaps also in an historic and a fantasy context. Overall, a different setting to the usual medieval or urban fantasy genre.