This is one of the better BDB books. A couple of them made me a little less enthusiastic about the series but this one really was good. I liked learning more about Xhex, Darius, and Torhment as well as more on the scribe Virgin. It was nice to see a bit of Doc Jane and I really do wish the stories had a bit more room to squeeze the other Shellan's into the story. All in all, I was considering letting this series go but I am back on board. Although, this would be an OK place to stop if Ward decided not to continue.