What’s remarkable about the whole series is that everything takes place within about one year. From Dag meeting Fawn to getting married to the close here, one year or so. We begin this book with Fawn’s brother getting married, but also almost not being allowed to. This begins our understanding that there’s a lot more world out there from what we been shown, and that there’s more richness happening. It’s a good reminder that this isn’t a “save the world” kind of series. There’s a constant stream of crises that arise and need to be dealt with, and there’s a group of people dedicated to that. Dag does finally find ways to stretch the boundaries of his world to allow for the common folk to take some responsibility for their safety. He’s teaching them in part through this book how to fight the same fight he’s fighting. He’s also learning more about how to be a healer. These all combine to show us a more diverse picture and understanding of the world.
What is most satisfying about this book is the feeling of real danger for the first real time. There’s close scrapes in other books, but I was truly worried during this one.