I did notice a bit of a ..... lack of information when it came to some of the back-ground details. Such as: Does everyone have powers? or just some people? If some people don't have powers what is their role in the universe, common folk? and how do they feel about it?
I also wanted to say that while yes there are boats and sea monsters I personally wouldn't recommended (or compare) this book/series to Robin Hobb fans. It's a completely different flavour and the main components are different (e.g. There's no conscious boats for one, which is a massive part of Robin Hobb books). It's like saying Vegemite and Promite are the same.