When their rock shatters, Carivel and Senovo have to work together to put Andoc back together again. Their relationship arc goes through another set of trials, just enough to make a reader worried while also keeping faith that everything will work out for the best.
The world of Eburosi grows again when the characters travel south to conduct political meetings in a bid to protect themselves from foreign invasion. In addition, more fantasy elements are introduced in this world that I occasionally forget isn’t just ancient Britain with the names changed. Steffan has obviously done her research, so the intentional changes she does make are both seamless and pleasantly surprising.
In a world where so many books rely on forcing “different” characters to embrace being outcast, a tale where the opposite happens is a refreshing change. Now that the three lovers are at the top, I’m sure that the conclusion in book 4 will be a hell of a ride.