I was so excited when I saw that Phasma was getting her own book. A chance to get to know this really intense figure that we've barely glimpsed in the film--woohoo! But 'twas not to be. This book really dragged for me, and here's why: it was too distant from Phasma's perspective. There was the frame narrative, with the narrator getting tortured (and I didn't really care about either the narrator or the cardinal that much). Then there was the story within the story, which *still* wasn't in Phasma's perspective. I get that it makes Phasma out to be a legend, but it made her really unsympathetic (and even villains should be sympathetic) and distant and cold. I did not look forward to reading this book, even though it had lots of conflict, because I didn't care about the characters whose perspective I was in.