I've been reading this series for a while now, and this book was a bit of a let down for me.
One thing I enjoyed was that it let us know that it was set several years after the beginning events of Born of Defiance. That being said, some of those events made no sense to me, especially in a political Monarchy sense! It seemed too merciful to leave political enemies alive, as they could always wind up coming back to overthrow you all over again! It made it very easy to predict the events that ended this book!
I really didn't care for Fain as a hero. He never really went into the details of his past and what drove him from Galene. I really felt he owed her and Talyn that information. He seemed very closed off to me, and there wasn't a good reason given for it in current time! In the past, yes, but after his "redemption"? Not so much.
Galene I knew from Born of Defiance and I admired her quite a bit when I started this book. By the time it was over, though, my admiration had dimmed somewhat. She forgave Fain too easily, especially since it came to light just how much he had hurt Talyn in the past!
The book ended very abruptly for me, and it felt like a jarring finish. It was definitely action packed and I'm interested to see what happens in the political arena. The characters are beginning to get too confusing to me to be able to keep track of them without a flowchart!