C+ for "A Darkness Forged in Fire" by Chris Evans
It felt like it dragged for a while, and by the end I was only reading to finish it. There were some problems in understanding the universe these characters live in and some more background information or world building would have been nice. Some interesting characters, and a plot that keeps moving. I feel like some greater foreshadowing of the monumental events going on behind the scenes and greater clarity would have helped.
Make no mistake though, this is not a five star book. This is not GRRM or Rothfuss, but it is still a good story and later volumes may improve upon this novel.