The Iron King - Julie Kagawa
By the end of the book, the story had completely redeemed itself and I found myself eagerly devouring the final chapters while on board the ferry en route home. I've placed the next three on hold at the library (two of which have already arrived -- yippee!) and I'm excited to see how the storyline unfolds. There's something to be said for starting a series once it's already fully written; I don't have to wait months or years for the next installment!