This is a piece of work that is clearly a labor of love. I have never read a system that balances having a strong and evocative lore as well as a robust and free character creation system. I would say that this system is worth the price if only for the amazing how to GM section alone. This is a ttrpg that truly lets the players be powerful yet grounded and challenge them. The combat is tense and every roll feels impactful, and the social encounters can somtimes feel even more suspenseful.
TLDR: this is one of best systems I have ever played and read and would play this over a lot of much larger TTRPGs.