Most of the time, I may not love a narrator, but I rarely think they detract from the book. Lauren Fortgang isn't a bad narrator, but not everyone can do a convincing voice for the opposite sex. Usually, it's male narrators trying to speak as a female that I have more trouble with.
Fortgang just was not able to convincingly portray the male characters for me. Her Darkling voice was a low threatening version of her own voice. This book would have really benefited from two narrators, a male and a female. Fortgang also had a habit of adding in random (to me) accents to people. Basically the less you saw a character, the more likely they were to have a russian accent. Main characters like Alina, Mal, the Darkling, and Genya did not have this accent, even though they are all from the same region.
The book was interesting. I loved the Darkling. His character made the book for me.
Alina wasn't a bad protaganist. I think she made a lot of good choices, but her constant put downs and insecurity did get a bit grating by the end.
One other part that caught my attention. I'm a big Tamora Pierce fan and in Realm of the Gods there are creatures called Darklings. They are basically little blobs of dark liquid which can move around. As much as I loved the Darkling, I had them in the back of my mind.