A lot happened in this book. In some places I wished I was reading the Kindle edition, because so many things happened that it would have been very helpful to be able to search for a name in the later half when an event or person from earlier was referenced and I didn't remember the details any longer. Only when I finished did I realize that this book uses third person in the way I find most interesting: to reveal, through the eyes of another person (or people) another character far more fully than would be possible when shackled in first person, with all inherent the blinds points of that viewpoint. (Certainly we saw in the Thief just how unreliable an unreliable narrator can be.) Because this book is definitely about Eugenides, and I thought that in some ways it was more successful than the Queen of Attolia in that the reader experienced Costis' gradual acceptance of who Eugenides is, in earning that characterization in a way that made perfect sense with everything we know about him from the first two books. My one issue is that I felt like that total acceptance of the Guard and Teleus came possibly too easily in the end, although I suppose if we accept that the Guard's dislike of him was based mainly on their disbelief a his prowess with a sword, it makes sense.