I liked the domestic fantasy of the first two volumes occurring in the interstices of epic fantasy, so it was really disappointing to me when this volume became all epic, all the time. I also had a hard time following some of the Shadowborn machinations, until they broke down into something ironically too simplistic. Tip: "Because s/he's crazy!" is not actually a good motivation for villains.
It's good the villains were mostly off-screen, given how poorly thought-out they were, but it's not good that several key character interactions also
seemed to take place off-screen. Also, Sinclair's penchant for having characters fall in love at first sight continues to bewilder me.