I confess that I got sucked into the series and skipped and read this and Chains of Fire. The featured characters stories were engrossing and this novel in particular. The overall plot line at times seems choppy (between books and within the book) and developed superficially though it has potential. Whenever it is woven with the featured characters, it develops well but when they shift from the non-featured characters, it doesn't develop as smoothly and at times seems extraneous. I wanted to care but couldn't. This one is the best of the novels I've read in the series (I only skipped Chains of Ice). It does weave in elements a lot better between the couple plotline and the overall battle with Osgood.