I read this as an ARC, and it's perhaps my favorite of the Dreamhealers series. It has a deliberate, unhurried pace, lingering on the lives of the characters. It revisits many supporting characters from earlier in the series, and introduces some delightful new characters. (Kristyl is my favorite! I hope for continuing adventures from her, or perhaps a prequel.)
As the title and cover suggest, there is some dramatic action in the book, but the story and conflict revolve around Vasiht'h and Jahir's relationship. I love the way they revisit some of the same kinds of problems they've had in earlier books, but from different angles, informed by their experiences. It feels like a real relationship, where problems aren't resolved forever because you resolved them once, and continue to arise in new permutations.
A lot of the book has the feel of being on a long, relaxing vacation with friends and seeing astonishing, delightful locales and performances. This is handled beautifully, with enough things going on with the characters that I always felt engaged with the story, and not so much drama that I couldn't enjoy luxuriating in the setting.
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