I love all the intrigue in Brust's books. There's always some twist, something you just don't expect that makes the whole plot click in place and it's awesome. Though it makes me a bit sad that Vlad still doesn't trust his Dragaeran friends - Morrolan, Aliera, Kiera, Sethra, Kragar... - even after they saved his life so many times, even though he was told how scared they were for him. I think that Vlad's hate of the Dragaerans in general sometimes clouds his judgment. Also, I never really saw the love between Vlad and Cawti. It never clicked for me, this part of the plot. I always considered Cawti a cold fish, to be perfectly honest. But other than that, it's an excellent book!