I'd been hearing a lot of good things about this series, including that the later books get better. That's encouraging because I enjoyed this one quite a bit.
I didn't know much of anything about this when I began it. I enjoyed the world-building and the fact that I'm being introduced to it through the eyes of someone to whom it is also new. There is some occasionally witty, absurd humor thrown in at unexpected moments that I really enjoyed. I found it exciting piecing together the mystery and figuring out what was going on. I guessed at a few details but not all. There were enough surprises to keep my interest.
I didn't feel a strong emotional connection to any of the characters at this point. It was a first book and a good introduction, but as the series develops I do want to see more development there.
If you're looking for something fairly light and clever, this is a good one.