Much better than I was anticipating. I thought I would have an issue with the substance abuse (and I did, partially) but Kanes world, characters and writing far outweighed any negative views I might have had.
I felt Chess's substance abuse issue were portrayed realistically (not that I've ever had an addiction problem, so I can't say for sure but it seems on par with what I know about it). I did have a issue with the drugs being used in a 'positive' way to fight evil, and I held little sympathy for chess herself and the situations she got herself into, even though I enjoyed reading from her POV, and didn't mind her personality (she could be annoying and exceptionally dump)
The character that really shined for me was..... I'd never thought I'd say this...... Terrible. He is such a fascinating character with so many secrets and mysteries, plus he over all is a pretty decent guy.... well except for the beating people for a living thing, but hey at least he doesn't get off on it! lol.
It would be interesting to see Chess from his eyes. I looked forward to seeing their relationship bloom further.
The other characters..... well I felt they were mainly there for conveniences sake, to pull Chess's strings when needed or to be obstacles to 'deepen' the plot, but who knows maybe they won't seem so two-dimensional in the next books?
And hopefully the villain will be more interesting..... how Chess didn't figure it out earlier is beyond me.
This song/lyrics reminds me so much of Chess and her relationship with drugs
Though ignore the actual music video, its interesting, but to me gives a different vibe to the lyrics on there own.