In general, I liked the book. The book had tried to create a sense of solidarity (as many fantasies do) with our own reality by creating its Western/ Eastern schisms and also image of the dragons. The overall plot was acceptable and interesting enough to follow through.
Nevertheless, the plot, its tropes of characterization, gender statements and symbolism all stayed painfully superficial throughout the book. The author could have expanded on the characters and deepened our understanding of them. Her way of treating queer relationships seems to be more of following on existing trends and a way of attracting readers/ reviewers rather than one of any true discovery and demystification.