The problem was that (a) the threat was never particularly compelling, (b) the character was too ambiguous to really draw my attention as an evil enemy, and (c) his relation to the world around him was such that he seemed to do as much good for those in his domain as he did harm; rather than cheering his defeat I found myself wondering how the people who had defeated him would survive without him.
It's unfortunate; I really wanted to like this book, and wasn't at all expecting the way it turned out. I'll still probably pick up the sequel, as I thought the world building and atmosphere were fantastic; but i'm far more likely to rent it from a library than to buy it outright.
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