This was right up my lane and I loved it!
It might not have the most interesting plot (especially not now that I think about it) but I absolutely adore the characterization in this book; I just can't help but love all the characters - even the evil ones, just because they're written so nicely.
Magic, female lead, great characterization, and mystery: what more can you want? Personally, very little. I look forward to the next part with great anticipation.