I can't tell whether this series is changing, or I am. Either way, while I enjoyed this more than the previous few episodes, I thought it was a long way from the heights of Athyra
, and Dragon
. I was bothered by what seemed to be a lack of consequences: I kept waiting for Vlad's flimsy conjectures and seat-of-the-pants plotting to collapse on themselves, but they never did. I know that's part of the formula of the series, but surely he could mess something up and do a little backtracking? Maybe in book 13.