I was expecting this book to be far worse, based on the way that some of the people involved in it talk about it. It wasn't very well-written over all, some of the terms were used in ways that were extremely awkward, for example, and it was organized quite differently than the other 1st Edition Tradition Books. There was also a moment of just strangely random homophobia that came out of nowhere, which is just...bizarre.
On the other hand, telling the story through flashbacks into the past lives of a single character was interesting. It includes a fairly detailed viewpoint on the Grand Convocation. Tempering that, though, is the involvement of the three Celestines in what is framed as a basic "introduction to the Akashics" Awakening type of story, which seems a lot more hands on than Celestines are usually depicted.
Overall, it was a bit different, and in some ways it works, though in others it didn't. But certainly, it could have been worse.