This didn't really work for me.
I did like the pacing, it moved quickly, there wasn't a lot of unnecessary stuff but I never really connected with the characters and that is probably just me.
I liked the last 20%-it seemed a little more intense and interesting. Raphael grew on me I reckon, there at the end but mostly I just didn't feel invested in them. There was a great set up for the next book amd potential for the series and there were a few other characters and dynamics that I found interesting, so I may gove another one of these a go and see if I connect better.