Having just finished the first two books of the "Legend" series, this was a bit of a let-down. I wanted to return to see what happened next with Jack and Nikki. I got a lot about Cole and Nikki instead (though there were a few nice Jack/Nikki vignettes). I was on the verge of breaking up with this book several times, until about 30%, when they finally went to the Everneath and things got fairly creative. I got engaged enough with the plot at that point to stick with it. Ashton's not a bad writer, but I don't think she's really found her voice. 3 stars.