Fast paced, lots of twists and action scenes, suspenseful. Well-plotted. Much deeper character development than the average game-based novel, which was the biggest plus. I was gratified that the protagonist defied my expectations on many occasions: not predictable = good.
Took a chapter or two to get used to the language/ style, but the gothic style was appropriate to the setting and intended tone. Overall, it worked well.
I gave this novel a 4: not my favorite, but once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down.
[4 of 5 Stars!]