Based on my best recollection I'd say from the first read, though subsequent readings may have strengthened those impressions. I too found the writing
Off the top of my head I'd recommend The Spirit Lens, A Novel of the Collegia Magica by Carol Berg.
Ha, I also saw that insane rating on goodreads. I'm not certain I can fully believe it. The blurb is not particularly interesting. At the moment, the
Finished Joyland by Stephen King : it hardly qualifies as horror but it doea have some ghosts in it and a murder mystery. Mostly it's about the last days
As far as I can tell women weren't just raped by any man walking within their vicinity. Any rapes that happened usually involved soldiers, and considering