As promised, I've read the last in Shannon Hale's Books of Bayern series. While not quite as good as the previous 2, I still think it's a great series & a good book. I think the main reason I don't give this book 5 stars is because she tried writing the book from a male character's point of view, & it doesn't work as well for her. The other 2 were based on female leads & the voice they were written in was much more natural for her.
That said, I'm going to go over to her website after I'm done with this & see if she has any more books planned for this series. If she could write from a young girl's point of view again, it'd be great!