I admit, I may have been a bit on the desperate side of my book search when I ran across this title. I'm over urban fantasies with kick-ass, pouty heroines. I wanted something a bit more rugged and uncompromising. A hero that maybe wouldn't be too torn up over giving someone a drubbing they actually deserved.
I saw the description, and I thought, "Really? Everyone's a hero? What's the point then?" But there is a point. Trust me when I say that in a world of ego-driven heroism, the embittered mercenary a-hole is definitely a character unique enough to make the story worth the read.
I like the way the author presents the story. It's not a perfect novel, no. There are some editing issues that could use some spice (I knocked off a star for that, sorry). I like that we can see these books, though, and I will forgive a LOT of grammatical proof for a great story. So I did. I read this, and I liked it, and I'm looking forward to the next one with a little more enthusiasm than is probably healthy for a well-adjusted woman in the modern world. :P
For a better sense of the other books that I like (to see if you have the same taste, maybe) here's a list you may recognize: Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, Patricia Brigg' Mercy Thompson series, Kim Harrison's The Hollows, John Conroe's Demon Accords, George Martin's Game of Thrones, Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel series, Patrick Rothfuss' Kingmaker Chronicles....etc, etc, etc.