This is actually called Trickster's Choice and is the first in the series, not the third. There is no third in this series!
I had a hard time getting into this book because I really didn't get to liking Aly. She was far too cocky and spoiled compared to the heroine's in the previous series of Tortall books. Also, his story was not as instantly captivating for me as the other series that I've read by Pierce.
My favorite character was Nawat, though, who's flirtations from a crow's-view cracked me up several times.
Overall, it was still a good story because I got an update on previous characters from past series.
In this story, Aly continues to be cocky and annoyingly self-sure. I think it's for this that she's my least favorite and least likable of the Tortall heroines. I also think she does not make a believable spy because she's not constantly in the role as she should be and only goes into "simpering maid" mode when absolutely necessary. Plus, she shares too much information with too many different people to be an effective spy.
I also felt this story was just not as interesting with all of its court intrigues. I much preferred the 3 previous series by this author compared to this one. This book in itself was okay, but disappointing compared to other works I've read. I really could have taken it or left it and not been bothered, but wanted to know what was going on with outside characters so I kept reading it.