This was a Goodreads ARC that I won and it arrived in the mail about a week ago.
Great character development; lots of action scenes speckled in between good friends talking over cardamom tea; places, names, magics, monsters that I haven't heard of before. Ahmed also did a great job of setting the book up for a sequel, which I look forward to. I found that at the end of the book, I wasn't ready to say goodbye to these characters.
Each of the characters are human - they are flawed in more than one way and are NOT your typical Disney heroes. I really enjoyed the feel of being transported to a foreign place and time - this tale is not based on European myths.
Really an excellent read - recommend to any who like adventure, magic, good vs. evil, and ghul hunting.