Reviewed at http://www.mandikayereads.com/archives/1849I have been looking forward to reading this book for ages. I just hadn't had time! So when Bout of Books 4.0 rolled around, I was determined that this one would get read.And unfortunately, I was let down big time.This book was a solid two for me. I could have very easily put it down and never picked it up again. I honestly doubt I'll continue with the series.The world-building was too fast. It left things feeling hurried, sloppy, and unfinished. I never made a connection with any of the characters. Daire's transition from denial to acceptance about her calling happened outside of the words written in the book- and I'm sorry, but that should have been a pivotal scene in plot development.Overall, it just wasn't what I was hoping for and it was a struggle for me to finish it.And Alyson? Can you stop giving all of your characters completely unpronounceable names? kthxbai.