I have read a few DNF review of this book. I can see where they were coming from. The beginning of this novel is shrouded in secrecy, but I think that works to it's advantage as well as the whole point of the magic encompassed in the book (it is by nature, very mysterious to be a seeker). There is not much by the way of plot in this novel. But that does not preclude a good rating. I actually loved this book in both world building, magical concept and the real kicker: character. I loved the character development in this story and cannot wait to see where they end up in the following books. They were both realistic and flawed (often difficult to do in magical settings).
Final Recommendations: if you like unique magical semi-steam-punk settings, a variety of intriguing characters, bad guys who are not entirely bad & good guys who are not entirely good, if you are not totally concerned about plot development