This installment was a bit slower than the last 2, as it is just a buildup to the final installment. So it works as a bridge to the next book. But even with all that said, there was still plenty that happened to keep you interested and to keep the story moving. Keeping track of all the different motivations and plots can get confusing, but it stays interesting. Can't wait for the last book. By the looks of thing...I should not expect a "happy ending."