NOTE: CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR SERIES
I loved the first two books but this one continues a problem that has been building throughout the series. There are just too many plotlines. The book started strong with just two plots Zollin's magic, and the wizards hunting him. That did amazing in the first book and ended specatcularly with introducing two new cliffhangers: Brannock and Whytelthane being hunted, and the 'girls'.
However in book two the wizards weren't hunted, and the 'girls' were only briefly mentioned. However the main group split into three parties: Kelvich, Quinn, and Mansel & Zollin. Also, a dragon appears and mentions a 'golden crown' which can control him. However at the end of book two the dragon has not been delt with. Branock was defeated, and at the end seeks revenge. Enter book three.
Mansel and Quinn go off to save Prince Wilam and Kelvich, Brianna, and Zollin go to fight the dragon. Wilam is under threat of the Mezzlyn, who never did attack Branock and Whytelthane. Meanwhile Kelvich finds papers that may tell how to beat the dragon (The Golden Crown), but by the end he is as yet unsuccesful. Zollin and Brianna attackt the dragon's lair and chess off the beast (But don't kill it, typical). At the end of book three Mansel, Wilam, and Quinn are mesmorized by someone (Presumably one of the 'girls' from book one).
The problem is that you have Zollin and Brianna hunting the dragon, Kelvich trying to find how to beat the dragon, Mansel, Quinn, and Wilam mesmerized by two characters who have been in shadow the entire series, Brannock yearning for revenge, being unmention aside from his possible 'come to me' to the dragon, and Offendorl planning a war on Yelsia. By the third book, these are too many plotlines to leaved undeveloped in the story. I mean no offense to Mr. Neighbors, but in the fourth book there must be some wrapping up of the plotlines, so it can come down to an essential event for the finale.