I wouldn't say part one of this story is explosive because it focuses more on delving into the background of each character. I like the fact the author took the time to explain each characters connection to each other and what their prior history was. This really lays the foundation for the rest of the story, basically the next few parts.
I actually haven't read any of the prior books in this series, from the synopsis I assumed this was a standalone, specially since it was broken into four parts. I was really wrong. It's obvious that this story interconnects to the prior books and some of what's talked about I should already know. However, I was still able to follow what was going on due to the author explaining a lot of the back-story. So, if your gonna read this I would strongly advise making sure to read the previous books first. Don't be like me,lol.
I received this book from the publishers in exchange for an honest review.