This will be a short review. I didn't hate this book, I was just overall unimpressed. I expected to like this more than I did, and I can't exactly articulate what I didn't like about it. I didn't like the abrupt relationship-focus. I also wish that I had a better visual of the kingdoms. I thought that King Leck and King Randa were both these jerk-kings, and I wish I could have seen more dimension from them.
This novel seemed like half-done cookie batter: all of the ideas were there, and the concept took off, but it didn't seem finished. It seems less like a whole novel and more like a series of small stories strung together. I'm not saying that foreshadowing would have fixed that, and maybe I am just discombobulated by the plot, but the story didn't come together for me.