I thought it was excellent. John Matthew and Xhex were awesome. Ward spent so much time building Xhex up over the course of the book that I felt that we had two well rounded characters. Normally I feel like the brothers histories and personalities are more extensive then their shellan's. Not in this book, we've known Xhex almost since the beginning.I adore Tohr, and I thought it was beautiful how the book drew out his relationship with John.Most important of all, Blay and Qhuinn, my favorite story. They broke my heart. All those missed signals, and Qhuinn not just taking what he wanted. Every time I ended one of their scenes I had to put the book down because it was just too emotional. I hope that Blay and Qhuinn will find their way to each other, or I should say that I hope Qhuinn finds his way to Blay because I'm not sure how much more of this heartbreak I can take.I am eagerly awaiting Lover Unleashed!