Oh, I don't know. This book was fine. Based on all of the 4- and 5-star reviews, I guess I had higher hopes. And the beginning was promising...a big, mysterious inn, smugglers, strangers with strange motives showing up one right after another, in the middle of a snowstorm. But then, it just took too long to get anywhere. So much exposition, so many of the same scenes repeated with only slight changes. SO MANY characters, and I didn't love the RPG angle, nor did I love the fact that the two main characters now had two names each, thanks to the RPG. I hate when I'm reading a book and mostly only feeling anxious to get done with it, but that was the case here. The ending was relatively satisfying, but nothing earth-shattering. Sigh.