Wow. Looks like the review I wrote got lost and I'm not up to re-writing it. :-P
Will say I loved all the characters, including the secondaries. They were all well rounded and fleshed out. I thought the author developed a unique world and I stayed up late a couple of nights to finish this book. My one quibble was that the beginning was slight confusing as if I was picking up in the middle of a series rather than starting a stand alone/first book. Over all, hope there are more Gale books to come.