I like to read fantasy books and found this one while browsing, the cover caught my eye, and as the story line sounded interesting, I thought I would try it.
The idea is very clever, a mysterious creature that appears every twelve years and to stop wholesale destruction must be allowed a sacrifice from a randomly selected pool of twelve. You also have the gathering of a rebellion in the background with the bloodshed that this will bring.
There are some excellent characters here, to name a few you have: Jacquard the King who wants to do right by his family but also has to protect his Kingdom and his son Althalos. Marybeth the member of the powerful order, who wants to find another way to stop the Gloom- (there, is an excellent scene with her and creatures called the Custodians in the Marshes of the Night). There is also a strong supporting cast of characters who also add to the strength of the book.
The dialogue used is very natural between characters and quite earthy at times, which is good as it makes the characters seem much more real.
There is enough description, but not too much that it slows down the story, which is nicely paced with plenty of intrigue and action.
This is an excellent start to what I think will be a very good series, so would recommend this book; I will definitely be looking out for the next instalment from this author.