The story is unique. Kyrin annoyed me, as did Alric, but I liked the story as a universe with multiple dimensions. It wasn't thought out very well, though. Why would a shifter need a key? It's a pointless usage.
It got two stars because I think it has promise; the ideas, the thoughts. Some of the characters. Nielson has attempted to create a tough, ballsy, worldsly, strong female character with a dark side, not some Mary Sue, perfectly good or perfectly bad. However, doing this and attempting to make her naive was ridiculous. Seriously ridiculous.
Alric is the typical good man, the male Mary Sue. I swear I found no faults to him, and as such, he remained so two dimensional. The idea of two countries going to war, and being able to RIDE to each others castle in the space of a page is very unbelievable.
Other things like Daemionis acting like a spoiled brat when he's a god - albeit a demonic god, made this book almost farcical.
The author obviously forgot little things like editing. I mean, there was consistent errors that should never be published like "Yes" without punctuation. Also, in writing, one is meant to type numbers, so when asked her age, it should read "seventeen," not "17." Some of the language is not what one would expect of the noble ruler of a realm. "Ok" used as such. All right would have been a better replacement.
Also the Kindle formatting SUCKED. Literally SUCKED. Who ever formatted it has obviously never seen how it reads on a Kindle and needs to read it on one.
All in all, I am glad it was free.