Relatively speaking, I tore through this book. It's been a long time since I have decided that reading was more important than sleep, and I would stay up, sometimes, two hours past my bed time to read more of this book. In short, I was really intrigued and excited.
The first two or three chapters were slow moving. Sometimes I have difficulty following plot points when immediately thrown into a new world (it feels a lot like having difficulty memorizing streets when traveling in a new place for the first time), and this book did that to me.
Once I got used to the world, however, things really picked up.
One thing about me is that I LOVE creation mythology, and this book had a great deal of that. I love fantasy novels with new religions, but I especially love to be told the stories that the followers (and in this case, past followers) are told and tell. There was a great deal of that, and it kept me going. Additionally, I liked many of the gods I was supposed to like, and sympathized with them wholeheartedly. I'm not sure if I should have felt that way - we are often presented with the fact that they have their own motives and should be trusted. However, Yeine never seemed to strongly feel that way, so maybe that was why.
I liked that Yeine was not always strong and was not always weak. This made her a complex character, which I very much liked. I enjoyed being able to understand her motivations, even when I realized that mine would have been very different. The fact that I could sympathize with some decisions that may not have been the best makes for some good reading. I do not very much enjoy romance in my books, because often the book is taken over by the romance and that's all the book becomes. This book was so much better than that, I actually enjoyed reading about Yeine's romantic feelings (minus the last sex scene in the book, which just kind of felt awkward... but, then, I guess it would be kind of awkward to have sex with a god) as they did not seem to be her entire motivation.
I think my biggest qualm was that the book ended too easily. Everything wrapped up neatly. Which might have been okay had the whole book not presented such complications to Yeine. Knowing that The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is part of a trilogy makes me feel a little better about it, but not a lot. I think that was why I took off a star.
I would definitely recommend this book to others. I am not sure if it will be one of the books that I read again from needing to be part of that world again, but that may be for the best - very few of the secondary characters are worth spending time with again (which is what they are supposed to be like, so it's not from bad writing). I am very much interested in reading the second book. If I could, I would have given it 4.5 stars.