I was greatly looking forward to this book> I bought it the day it came out. Now I wish I hadn't. I loved the previous books in this series and the central characters in them. I can only assume that Ms Norman Hates them and in this book tried to find every way possible to torture them. In the previous books in the series there were some rough patches and evil done to the main characters this book takes that and expands it exponentially. I have read and reread the earlier books. This one is going to hide in a dark corner where it belongs. My recomendation to the author is to lighten up. You are a marvelous writer with amazing talent. I just don't apreciate your current sado-masochistic tendencies.