There are a lot of ways I could put this, but the fact is that this book just didn't work for me.
I was looking forward to this book. It is a PBW recommend after all.
I do see why she loved this book. The characterization is pitch perfect, the atmosphere darkly drawn and everything ties together in one neat package.
Frankly, if somebody out there thinks there's anything wrong with the book craft-wise, I'd tell you that that somebody is a nitpicky PITA.
But I didn't love the book all the same.
Maybe it was Caliban, the character in whose first-person POV the book is written. He's likeable enough, but he can't quite compare to his brother, Niko. Yes, I'm being shallow, but it was Niko who intrigued me, not Caliban. (Niko's cuter, :))
This is when Caliban is half Auphe–demon, for the lack of a better translation.
I think what killed the book for me was that up until the end, Caliban wasn't the sort of guy to embrace his dark side. That is what I look for in a book like this. I don't do "Woe is me, I'm an evil person" type books. Embrace the evil, dammit!
I'll be picking up the next book though, and I suggest you get this one (maybe from the library) too, especially if you're looking for something darker than Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden books.