Did the plot pull you in or did you feel you had to force yourself to read the book? The plot pulled me in but the characters didn't. This is the second book I am reading by this author and I notice she has a strong liking for using many different characters. I think this is what makes the story confusing after awhile.
How realistic was the characterization? This was a pure fantasy book. Although the emotions and passions were real.
How does the setting figure into the book? The setting makes the story rich and I loved being an armchair traveller.
Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author.