20 pages into the transition chapter of doom!
General feeling: ugh.
Probably my favourite passage:
“Was she part of the royal family?”
Arceptra nodded, then shook her head. “A cousin. Distant cousin. But everyone knew of her. She was the favourite of Princess Evadne, and a captain in the war like Aunt Ariana, and … ” She swallowed again.
I almost asked about that, but I found it so easy to believe that Alaia Cordell had been a soldier that I didn’t bother.