I really, really, loved Christian/Edmund. He was an interesting mix ruthless/decisive and vulnerable and overall a very unusual/odd hero due to his afflction. (There was something about him that reminded me of hero in The Madness of Ian Mackenzie.) Anywho I thought Leona, the heroine, was fairly strong and and likeable heroine and liked the secondary characters as well. The begining was a little slow I think because the writing felt a little formal. But Christian sealed the deal for me.