this is, without any doubt, the "book in the middle".
all the threads have been brought forward, every character has developed and changed, sometimes amazingly, as Malta for example.
the story of the dragons and that of the serpents have taken the suspected importance, now i am looking forward to knowing in which way they will link with those of the humans. i also fear for those humans, one and all!
needless to say, i MUST have the third book ASAP!!