I don't often hand out 1-star ratings, but this book really deserves it.
What I was expecting:
Something along the line of Glen Cook's Black Company trilogy.
What I got:
A juvenile story that's trying really hard (and failing) to be contemporary grown-up fantasy.
A reviewer on here somewhere said it's a teenage boy's wet dream (pun intended?), and I completely agree with this assessment.
This book was recommended to me when I was browsing the fantasy shelves at a bookstore, and this is the last time I take a recommendation from a total stranger who just happened to be browsing and/or reshelving the same section I was browsing through.
Looking back, I should have just gone with my gut instinct and picked Joe Abercrombie's First Law trilogy.