Phew, Torque and Rya are HOT! and their story takes off in a setting that is the complete opposite. The one thing I found missing in the first book was the elaborate mating ritual. But in this book I loved the betrothal marking. Rya's dragon tattoo is especially gorgeous in my imagination. I also loved how complementary they are to each other's characters seeing as to they really started off on the wrong foot. Synge's treasure turned out to be a real surprise but now explains why he is so mean. So looking forward to Char and Blayze's story.