lunakat said: Does anyone else want to just grab Ember, shake her, and say "That's what your job is for!"?
I think it's deeper than just saying "We're going to live by the Way and you can live in the Palace." What Ember is realizing is that the Palace is actually changing the elves - regardless of whether or not they want it. And that could mean it's eventually going to change the Wolfriders into, well, not-Wolfriders. The Palace could be unwittingly doing what Winnowill was trying to do deliberately: wiping out the Wolfriders altogether, maybe by removing their wolf-blood against their will. Who knows, but there's definitely something more deep and dangerous going on.