Skipping ahead in time is not unusual for authors, but this time it felt like important details were missing. At times I stopped reading to make sure I hadn't skipped a page. For example, how did Lorenzo die? By that time I quit going back to try and find out because I just wanted to finish. It wasn't until I read other reviews that a lot of details were in the previous four books...which I read YEARS ago. Very frustrating.
The story also moved slow. Too slow. I usually finish books in 2-3 days & this one took me a week. There were nights I only read for a few minutes. I hope the rest are not like this. I really enjoyed the Elemental Mysteries, Cambio Springs series, and the Irin Chronicles.