While infused with a feminist message and a gender inclusive world, this is not a terribly message-heavy story. Rather, it was more of a traditional hack-and-slash fantasy novel, albeit with a dizzying array of characters. The first forty pages or so are stuffed with footnotes, which while a bit distracting, are largely indispensable for understanding the rest of the story. Despite that copious background development, I had largely lost track of the characters and the importance of various villains by the end. I would strongly suggest keeping notes on who is who as you go as characters reappear and earlier events have a habit of becoming important later. That is all a sign of good construction but I still found it a bit too much! Too much work to be enjoyable.