This is a fantasy novel I picked up based strictly on the reviews and auto-recommendations online. I enjoyed it for the most part, but, unlike the Mistborn or Kingkiller books, I didn't feel the unique magic system upon which the story hinges was explained in a way that felt grounded and real. I am now on the second book and am starting to get comfortable with the world but it took a while. That aside, the plot keeps up an exciting pace and the main villain is sufficiently villainous while remaining quite sympathetic in his (its?) motives.