I have heard a lot of hype about this novel. It is allegedly "quick with both sword and wit," and the protagonist is supposed to be "archly sophisticated and wryly humorous" as well as selflessly heroic.
I found myself disappointed. There were maybe two whole lines that made me laugh out loud, and on the whole the humor was forced and flat (unless you like repeatedly reading "Shut up, Loiosh."). The setting was vague, and although society seems intriguingly complicated, so much of its structure is left out that reading this first book feels like joining a TV series mid-season. The novel is extremely dialogue-heavy, and the edition I read had a distracting over-population of commas.
As I said: Disappointing.