5 stars for chapter 8 alone. But the rest of the book was good too. ;) There was good movement in both the relationships in what would be a clear love triangle if Kaylin weren't quite so dense.
I admit, one of the things I've enjoyed most about this series is the way that each crisis a book confronts is a very serious one, but most of them are usually contained, IE they do not threaten the entire city, but a part of it would be destroyed if it were not for Kaylin's intervention. (Cast in Secret's tidal wave being the notable exception.) And because of this I haven't felt like each book needed to "top" the last book, most of the crises were roughly equal in magnitude. However facing the destruction of the entire world from the ancient Destroyer.. I'm not sure any danger in the heart the fiefs, where this series will ultimately culminate, is likely to be any more threatening.