I loved Poison Study, but had heard somewhere that the other books in the series weren't quite as good, so I'd been reluctant to pick this one up. However, I was challenged to read it in October, so I figured I might as well get started and loaded it onto my Kindle two days ago.It TOTALLY lived up to the standards the first book set! This is one of the best fantasy series I've read in a very long time, and I only hope the last book can live up to my now very high expectations. I love Yelena and her relationship with Valek, Irys, Kiki, Ari and Janco... and even Leif after awhile. Maria Snyder writes those relationships really, really well. She does tend to fall into the trap of making (most) bad characters one-dimensional (Cahlil was an exception), but I hope at least Rose will turn out to be more than she seems.I think I need to own this series as physical books instead of just e-books!