It took me a bit to get into this book. It is a little slow moving (not an action-fest) as it gives a lot of backstory for the next two novels in the trilogy. It reminded me some of Dune, but never felt like a knockoff. If you have read Dune and decide to read this book, you will see what I mean. I don't think this book can be read as a standalone story. You will want to read the follow-on books as I will most definitely do.