I sort of dreaded to read book 90 — loved the first in the series and didn’t think it needed a sequel. But, it was fine. The first parts of the book felt a bit stilted and slow and I couldn’t quite figure out where the story was heading — but then the pacing picked up and the central conflict became quite affecting. My jaded mind was not quite convinced that the small actions and words of one person would have been so effective in changing the course of major events, but at the same time, I do appreciate greatly the encouragement of having any young reader feel that their personal actions and choices could alter the turn of events and make positive impact on the world around them. It turned out that I still deeply care for the main characters in the story and now I see that there is definitely more story to be told in a third installment and am happily waiting for it!