While this book was excellent, I still do not believe that the newer additions to this series compare to the first three in the original Sevenwaters trilogy. The first half of this book was very slow, although filled with character building details that were essential in forming my respect and liking for the characters. It isn't until about 3/4 of the way through that the plot begins to pick up and the adventure promised actually begins. The last quarter of the book was spectacular! With all of the magic and action that I now expect from a Juliet Marrilier book.