June, 2012 - I just reread this series, and enjoyed it as much as the first time, though I did read it with an author's eye this time.
There's no doubt that Pamela Clare writes lush, well told stories. This book had me on an emotional roller coaster for the characters.
As with the first book in the series, the only thing I found distracting, was the head-hopping. Again, everyone in the story has a point of view, even minor characters. I'm not sure how this was allowed to get by the editors, but it did and it really detracts from the story.
For that reason, I gave it a 4 instead of 5, because the author, with as many books to her credit, should know that head-hopping is a no-no.
Nonetheless, the series remains one of my favorites and I'll likely read it again at some point.