This book was so disappointing I don't even know where to begin. I feel like it took advantage of me. Most of the book was awesome; action, adventure, romance, kick-ass girl assassins, and then it came to the end and LaFevers completely dropped the ball. I would rather one of the characters had died than get a crappy love scene but it was a total let down and kind of confusing. As a veteran of adult and YA romance even I was a little confused about what was going on. Lafevers needed a lot more Cashore and a whole lot less Meyer. Relative to the length of the book and pacing of the storyline the end felt rushed in general. I doubt even the awesome parts will make me continue on with this series.