If this were distilled down so it were only about Charles, it would have been better. But then, it couldn't have been because this Aurel person and that Chakide person and all those other people got involved. I tried to read it. Really did. But then there was Madelaine, and then there was Jonathan, and then there was other stuff, and then I found myself skipping for Charles.It might be this book's fault. Maybe one day I'll be able to read through it without skimming through anything that Charles didn't feature in.I admit the tease for bk 3 at the end was intriguing, but it sounds like great angst-fodder.