Weirdly enough, I loved this book much more! I liked having the multiple characters in a crazy adventure. The part I find a bit interesting is how many gay characters now show up in YA books. Growing up, you would never expect to see am LGBTQ character, and now they are quite commonplace! It is kind of a neat evolution to see happen. Different voices are important, and moving them away from "other" is even more important.
This was a speedy read, and it is one half of a duology. I will likely read the second one soon. Good fantasy stuff.