The author relied too much on the history in previous books and didn't bother to develop the characters or story fully in this book. I expected more from the start of a series, even one that was spun off another. The characters and the narration was stilted and awkward. I expected more from this author as I have read some of her other series and while they are linked each book had it's own story, this was not the case with this book. I might have felt differently if this had been a book in the middle of the series but it wasn't. It just didn't stand on it's own and as a start for a series that's disappointing.