I enjoyed the world Jemisin created and the characters. I think she nailed it with the gods and their personalities. I have to admit that I did not see the end coming, though in hindsight, perhaps I should have guessed at it. You really feel for Yeine; she's very young, despite being ennu of her people, and there's this very poignant section where she's thinking about her life and how she wants to LIVE. Not just exist, but that she hasn't grasped anything for herself yet.You pity the enslaved gods, you're shocked by betrayals and just pure spite between the characters, you're rooting for an outcome which you think will never be. It definitely ensnared me, although I found some parts wanting. The ending of this book is satisfying. I know there is a secondbook, which I am reading right now, and even a third seeing as how this is a trilogy, but the ending of the first one is one which you could walk away from and be happy. It's not a true cliffhanger that leaves you scrabbling at the edge, clawing onto the plot and characters desperately waiting for the next. I closed it with satisfaction and picked up the next to see where Jemisin would take me this time...and indeed I am not yet disappointed! Onto book 2!