This is the first book in the Quickening Trilogy.
I happened to read some other reviews before I started writing my own (which I rarely do), but honestly, I don't see why they are all so negative. I mean, this is far from the best book I've ever read but still I enjoyed reading it. (I've read tons of books I liked less).
The story itself was quite interesting, although some of the plotlines make the story itself a bit easy, especially Myrren's gift,(show spoiler)
However original, this is something I'm afraid will turn to become an easy way to introduce plottwists later in the trilogy.
Nevertheless I just enjoyed reading this book, and that's my main criterion when I judge a book. I'm planning to read the other two books in this series as well, as soon as I find the time to do so...
Note: I read a Dutch translation of this book.