It meets some of my basic criteria:
- I like fantasy novels because they are about a pre-industrial world. I like them when they are mostly fantasy novels for that reason. I don't like them to be thick with dragons, magic, princesses, etc.
- I like them when it feels like I am inside the main character's head, rather than when it is told from the outside. I like it when it's about characters, feelings, and relationships.
- It has non-mainstream sexual mores. It would be off-putting to many. On the other hand those who like such things would see this as a plus. For me, it wasn't really a plus or a minus. To me, I entered into the world of the novel and took things in terms of what they meant to the characters.
- Some describe Lynn's writing style as "choppy" or "stilted." Some saw this as a positive, others as a negative. To me, for the most part, the book was successful in getting me too immersed in the story to notice the language, although it times it did seem a little off.
- Many characters didn't really have distinct personalities. It was just a bunch of names to keep straight. When a book really gives you a sense of who a person is, then you don't have to think, "Which one is that one again?" Or, even when I knew which one it was, I just knew one fact about them, I didn't have a feel for who they were as a person.
- Portrayal of disability. It's presented as something that's not like a big thing, not like this person is a disabled person. Instead, it's just part of who a person is. It has a constant impact on who they are, but it is just one part of who they are, it is not their identity.