I've just this second finished it. I voted "Average", and thought it was a step down from the excellent Rough Beasts of Empire
. Too much of the novel felt like just a bunch of stuff happening, rather than a story (or stories) unfolding. If that makes sense. But still worth the read and I'm looking forward to Raise the Dawn
BTW, I guessed right about the ending!
I can't be bothered to find the thread, but I guessed right.
Although.... now I've read it...