This is a hard review to write. This is the most disappointing book I’ve read in a long time. I gave two stars- one because I have always loved this author and I feel I owe her. The second because this book does have a great beginning and a strong ending but what is in between was hard to read, frustrating and no where near what I expected and hoped for. I even stopped reading at one point because the plot and character responses, in my opinion, were just too stupid. When I read the first in this series I was beyond thrilled. JLA, my favorite author, had written an epic book in my favorite fantasy genre. The second in the series delivered a stellar ending that didn’t disappoint but this book dragged on forever. There was too much information, too many details, and too many distractions that only served to distract the reader from the important plot elements of the story. I’m not sure what happened but cheesy dialogue, silly innuendo and just poorly timed romance really took away from my ability to take this story seriously. I wanted to but couldn’t. All of this is the total opposite of what I have thought of other books she has written. I’ve always loved the witty dialogue, character interaction and plot twists in her other books but this just seemed forced and over the top for no reason. I’m not sure I’ll read the next in this series.