I just purchased this book, this morning or last night, and started in before heading off to work.
Mags has been at the collegium approximately for 9 months and still can't pronounce simple words like family despite being surrounded by people who can, including his best friend, bardic trainee Lena.
But most of the time, this is no bother. What is a bother, is that no one bothered to proofread and edit the kindle format. This thing is packed with spelling errors, grammatical mis-speaks, and missing words. It's a real disappointment in that category. Misty should be angry at her editor for allowing such a thing to happen, and I wonder if the same thing happened in the hard cover (but I doubt it, her publisher is a Penguin company after all).
Another thing that bothers me, in the first book, Mags is described as a very small boy, I thought about 11, but maybe as old as 14. Now it seems like he is more along the age of 17, as the King's Own is using his time in the city as part of his field experience.
The other thing that has struck me about this series, it seems as though Misty is bored with the whole concept of the Heralds. I felt she rushed through Mag's introduction to Dallen in the first book and the creation of Kirball just seemed to strike of Harry Potter envy in the second book. Sadly, Kirball was not laid to rest and re-appears in the first chapter of this third book. I confess, I skipped over vast amounts of that first chapter. I am bored with Kirball.
The story does pick up as things go along, but it's more an intermediary book, setting up for a fourth book. As things move along, I think we are going to see the establishment of the first Herald Chronicler.