Book eight definitely had the feel of a 'bridging' book, setting everything up and getting all the protagonists in place ready for this one. And oh boy, did book nine deliver.
Kate is learning to control her powers without becoming a tyrant like her father. And talking about Roland... well I don't think there are going to be many more chummy father-daughter nights out at Applebee's. But give the guy his due, he knows how to make an entrance. Not everyone can look good in a golden chariot.
Love Curran's description of Kate - "You're like a crazy cat lady, but you collect killers instead of fluffy cats".