I'm a well read grad student who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.
I just didn't enjoy it as much as many of my go-tos: any TF written by Roberts or Barber, many of my Marvel titles and some of the DC rebirth titles. That being said, I owned this and read it before volume 2 for the Hugo nominations.
I enjoyed this more than I suspected I would because of the historical aspect and the fantasy tendencies and tropes that I usually don't enjoy; even alternate history tends to be rather, well, historical. I've just always preferred contemporary or futuristic fiction.
So I bought this on sale a while ago and just haven't gotten around to it. I found myself frustrated by some of the constrictions of alt-history and I wanted the story to move along a little more quickly, but this was a surprisingly nuanced look at what war and the trauma that comes with war will do to people.
I was happy to read volume two and will probably end up taking three out of the library.