The author definitely has a flair for this type of genre, but just as I would get going, enjoying the story, I'd stumble over a sentence that didn't make sense.
Example: He wore a white-dusty surcoat open in two neared his black trousers and long boots."
This happened far too many times, which tells me that the author did not have an editor read through this. Sometimes I couldn't quite decide why the author selected a particular word.
Example: The author is describing stalls filled with stinking fish, then writes: "Every stall stood more horrendous than the last." Huh?
Then there were the moments when the sentences seemed all mixed up, lending attributes to the wrong thing.
Example: "In the cathedral, in the city's heart, a man waited in a stone balcony that stood way high above any other structure in the inner district, with large dark-eyes to match his spiky hair and wide-grin." Okay, reading this initially, I thought it was the balcony that had the dark eyes, etc. Also, "dark-eyes" and "wide-grin" should not be hyphenated like that.
Again, the story had potential, but because of the author's numerous mistakes, that's why the three stars.