I'm not quite sure what it was but there was something a little off about this book. I guess it was just the lack of consistency. The characters were well developed, the set up was interesting but for some reason things just didn't come together very well. Every once in a while the story would shine but that only managed to bring attention to when it didn't. I think most of the issues were due to editing. There were some major continuity errors with characters ages and the amount of time the hounds were contracted to work. This caught me up a few times and created confusion in an otherwise interesting story. The book and concept held great promise so I will be reading the next one to see if things come together a little better.