After the disappointment of the previous installment, this book was fantastic!Nika, although not physically strong, is strong in character. Madoc, although physically strong, is dying. Together, they are each others salvation. I much preferred Nika in this book to previous heroines because she wasn't thrust into a world she didn't understand or want. Her outlook towards her situation was much more believable than the girls who came before her. The story flowed nicely, although I still have many unanswered questions.I dinged one star for writing style. I hate that the author switches to a different scene once you reach a climatic point. Makes me skim the scene until we return to the other characters. Great installment, can't wait to read the next book.