I enjoyed this book and it was very well-written. The characters were fleshed out (albeit, they could have been a little more complex and I thought there were a few missed opportunities to further develop some of them). I was disappointed with the seemingly 'condoned' use of animal parts in the food (bear paw etc); some of these animals are under conservation protection around the world and some of us are trying very hard to fight poachers and exploiters - this culture is known for being barbaric and cruel in their procurement of such animals. I understand that this is part of the culture, it doesn't mean we need to 'celebrate' these points and teach our children that this is okay - it is not okay and it never will be. This was something I picked up throughout the book and it took-away from what could have been a brilliant book overall. Other than this aspect, it was an entertaining read and a page-turner. I would recommend this to an older audience who are more educated about culture and practices around the globe. Not suitable for children.