I have been in a bit of a book slump lately and have been searching for something different to read. While I am a huge PNR/Sci fi fan, I definitely lean more towards vampires, shifters, and aliens, so the 'Ancient Immortal/Children of Gods' thing did not really grab my attention. In truth, it was only reading a comparison to JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series (of which I am a huge fan), that piqued my interest enough to buy this book. But, while there are some general similarities between this and the BDB novels, I did not find that comparison apt, personally. Having said that..... This IS unquestionably a well written book, featuring a large cast of characters, and a plot that offers plenty of action, suspense, drama, and just a hint of the romance to come. I was fully aware going into this, that this book was just the first in a long, ongoing series so I expected certain things would be left unfinished, unanswered or unexplained. Nevertheless, for me, this book was less it's own story and more a long-winded introduction into the series. I appreciate the immensity of the imaginative and detailed world the author has created, but unfortunately (with this book at least) I felt it overshadowed the characters themselves. With more time seemingly spent on setting the stage for this series going forward, rather than on any interactions between the lead characters themselves, I found myself unable to connect with the H/h. Towards the end of this book, just as it seemed like the focus might finally narrow to Kian and Syssi specifically, the story came to an abrupt halt. With more books to follow, I can only assume we will become better acquainted with these characters moving forward, but by the end of this book I just wasn't attached enough to any of them to really care about whatever comes next. Bottom line? I was mildly intrigued by this story, but it simply did not provide what I needed to draw me into a long series. I might read book 2 someday, but I am certainly in no hurry to do so. If you are a PNR lover, are intrigued by the synopsis, and are prepared to commit to a long series, then I can recommend you give this a try.