My favorite line so far is the bit about the Carpathian hobbit and second breakfast. Hah!
I was initially really disappointed in what seemed to be a quest story thrown in as filler — the sort of thing that could be called Further Adventures of Kate and Curren but doesn’t serve to advance the overarching plot that threads through the whole series.
But no! This story ties right back into that overall plot. Really enjoying it so far! Now must go read the rest of the book now before I can get back to work on my own current WIP. It’s all good, though: My deadline is actually very generous, so I am reading (almost) without guilt.