I was expecting the first review for The Wake to be a lot worse, so I was surprised to find it so nice!
I know that I have a bit of a problem with exposition (I'm working on it!), and the plot is taking a particularly long time to properly show up (soon. Should be in the next two chapters, actually), and... yeah, I have lots and lots of characters. This is my first serial, so I'm still trying to get the hang of things and how to pace everything. But yes, I am taking everything you mentioned into mind.
Thank you again!