Read this as the fun action romp it is but notice that the characters grow and change as the books progress. I also love the way LB manages to increase my vocabulary as she works in words and factoids that both fit well into the story and yet are out of the vernacular.
The mages get a taste of what it feels like to be on the bottom of the power scale while a cute baby dragon is much more than he seems. Our star crossed lovers are barely keeping their distance. My favorite scene is post battle when Malek, Jadora and Jac hold each other in a thank god we are still alive hug.
Big hints for changes to come in the next book as Jadora works closely with Dragon Steel and Vinjo makes gifts for the mercenaries. General Tonovan is never far from Rivlen's thoughts as she gathers her allies plots revenge.