3/5⭐ The plot & characters are mostly still okay & interesting. I'm still invested in Lada & Radu getting a satisfactory ending. However, their respective obsessions (Lada w/ Wallachia, Radu w/ Mehmed) now feel very flat & lacking nuance. They & their circumstances are changing, but their main focuses & goals aren't evolving at all in tandem. I'm hoping events in this book have an appropriate complex impact on the conclusion in the next book.