Again, this is a very gripping and well written novel. The characters are still very strong and the scenery is richly painted, though I was disappointed to be leaving Scotland behind. We are constantly left with a 'what happens next' expectation which holds this series together so well. Jamis and Claire are still the central characters, but we are introduced to more characters drifting in and out of the story line, some important and will appear again, some we can forget. The narrative is still tight and the tension is well executed, if not a little obviously convenient at times. A great read and I went straight to the next bookin the series.