Second to last book in the series and is a builder. This is exactly what you would expect to prepare for the conclusion. However, it was paced enough to keep you reading and is forcing me to read the last book now and not after a few more. We are full circle in a lot of ways with this book, but I am very interested in how the author will conclude it. This series is still on my recommended list, which is hard after 11 books. We will see how I feel at the conclusion of book 12.