I am always completely immersed in Flewelling's books! Her characters come to life, they live and breathe. I actually miss them, when I'm done with a book. This book has some of my favorite characters in it: Alec, Seregil, Micum, and yes; Thero. Thero is a great example of how Flewelling creates characters who are flawed, but sympathetic. Her world is populated by people who grow and change in believable ways. Their motivations are credible and authentic, but they are never predictable. Flewelling obviously cares for her characters--and so do we.
There are times this series gets a wee bit too depressing, a tad too emo, but the characters are amazing, the plot an above average classic "group of adventurers that under it all keep their universe going" fantasy series. As a note, there is a wonderful male/male pairing and yes, they mention that they love one another and that they find each other attractive. NO there is no sex - but if your mind cannot wrap around a gay pairing, don't pick up the series.
This book seemed to lack something that the 1st two had. The romance in this one was much more prevalent, the story not as engaging. Over all nothing special .
Great read and book in VG cond.