I seem to be in the minority here, because I actually enjoyed the first book in the series, Greyfriar, much better. The story telling is still very good in this installment, and if you believe in the world that has been created here, I believe that all of the characters act in an appropriate fashion. And not everything goes our Hero and Heroine's way, and the villains are not stupid. However.... and this may be unfair because it's my fault, I did not realize that this was a Young Adult story, and I wanted more romance in my romance. Our hero and heroine are adults, playing adult roles in a war torn world. When they get together, and may be torn apart relatively quickly, I'd expect more action!