I'm a well read grad student who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: this is not poorly written. The world building is gorgeous.
I also found it quite boring.
I just didn't care enough about the characters or the plot or the world. It's high fantasy in a silk-punk world and it's, quite frankly, hard to get me to care about the olden day fantasy settings, whether they be high fantasy or historical fantasy.
So I highly suggest this to those who are into silk punk with a liberal dose of, well, liberal ideas about gender and sex.
I do not suggest it for someone hoping the raptors will have more on page time than they do, and just, damn, that would have upped the rating. Like if the book was all raptors and this well written I would have swooned.