Book 5 of 8, I believe, though that has changed several times. It is actually pretty boring. The first three books I enjoyed, but this volume and The Keeping Place were too slow moving for my taste, and overly stuffed with characters. Clues and integral plot points are dispensed pell mell and rarely, so it feels like everything is just barely creeping forward. After years of waiting, I am anxious for the finale. Still, her post-apocolyptic world, the talents of the Misfits and the flashbacks to the beforetimes are intersting and those who like lots of political intrigue will enjoy the differing factions and how Elspeth and her companions have to navigate through them.