This story started out slowly. It didn't lag but it almost leisurely built the world around my mind. I was distracted by the descriptions and varying viewpoints and then suddenly I realized that I was quite trapped by the story and characters within.
This is a dark and gritty world (not as much as some I've read but still...) and there are mutations, human and monsters alike, lurking throughout. I loved the dimensions of the characters and it was overall an excellent read (or listen, as the case may be).