I really enjoyed reading "Counterpoint" book 1. The author has done a great job with the world building. The battles scenes are realistic and feel organic within the whole. Language wise she has managed to convey an other worldliness without it being disruptive to the flow of the text.I liked the way Rachel didn't flinch from introducing the dark elements into the story. Blood does flow, but not gratuitously. Her characters are true to themselves, and their connection takes times to build.Although it's only the first book in a series, there is a degree of completeness to this section, so don't fear reading it immediately. Having said that, I can't wait for the next episode. There are many ways the plot could develop from here, so I look forward to see what path Rachel takes.