This book jumps forward almost two years in time from the events of The Glass Magician, which I didn't care much for, but Ceony takes the same rash actions and winds up in trouble again. We don't get to see much of Emery in this book, and Ceony's testing instructor was a bit of a jerk, though the apprentice he had was nice enough, and he had a bit of a puppy dog affection for Ceony. The storyline with Ceony's sister felt forced and unnecessary, and I couldn't really see why it was included. Everything was wrapped up nice and neat, but I found myself quite bored with the book. The only thing I really enjoyed was seeing Ceony use the different magics over the course of the book. I doubt I'll be re-reading this series or recommending it to others, and I think I'll avoid the author's work in the future, as I don't think it suits me.