I've really enjoyed this series, and I like Ariana Franklin's writing, but this is not the strongest entry in the list. I felt like this one took forever to really get good. The first third of the book I just wasn't interested, and if I hadn't already been a fan I probably would have put it down and not picked it up again.
When the party got to the Cathar village things picked up, and I enjoyed the last two thirds of the book quite a lot. But the first third just felt lifeless and like it was going through the motions. Also I'm starting not to believe in the central romance any more. Sigh. I hope the next one is stronger.