There seemed to be less focus on the battle Brother Thomas endures with accepting his sexual orientation and feeling strong emotions for another man, despite the fact there is a new love interest in this book. That sub-plot is one that I found bold in previous books in regards to the era and felt the significance of it wandered a little into the side-lines of this book.
I wasn't overly keen on all the you will be scourged in hell for your sins, especially when it came to young women/girls. That is obviously a by-product of the religious piety in that particular era but it still felt overdone.
I think the fact that the Thomas and Eleanor were taken out of their usual surroundings made this book in the series feel a little like the odd man out.
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.