i think this book gets back on track with the series. the last book (lover unbound) lacked a bit of focus. my main complaint with this one is that there wasn't much phury/cormia time. there were so many other plots going on that it seemed like phury and cormia's relationship got a bit lost in all of it. the stuff with z i found especially touching, as both brothers have been tortured for so long. it was good to see them both finally come to terms with their pasts. not the strongest of the bdb books but enjoyable all the same.