Just got my copies (PDF for stashing in the phone and paper because I prefer to read paper); paper copy came in Saturday.
I have no idea when I will get to read it (my vacation plans for reading Narosia fell through, so that's still at the front of the list), but I will post something when I get it read.
My initial impressions:
Not a lot of art. This is _not_ a complaint. I am one of those guys for whom it doesn't matter. I mean, novels don't have art, right? Frankly, I find the reading easier without the distraction if I'm really into it. About the only time I think this truly detracts is when there is a bestiary. I think that because players (on both sides of the screen) want to know what it looks like, and I can't draw. Ha!
I can't thank the layout guy enough for not filling the margins with a bunch of distracting crap that I will have to refer back to three pages ahead or two pages before. I know Herodom likes their margin notes, but I prefer to make my own, where I want them. If it has to be referenced, it belongs in the body of the text, period.
I see Ed listed in the credits, so I am expecting to see one or more of his many magic systems at some point in the book; I am interested to see which one you guys went with.
And from that "shameless plug" above, I am guessing the Guard Captain was also involved in this book.