This series could really go places.
The book itself is a little rough around the edges, but I like what the author has created here. Dorian alwke is an interesting character with more than a few layers l. It shoulder be interesting to see how this character evolves. The magic is a fresh take from what I've read in this genre, which is always nice.
A forewarning, if you read the short story before you read this book, there is a reason for the difference in Lake's character. I was a bit off put from seeing that change but once you get to the reason behind it, well, its no longer an issue.