omg omg just downloaded it and read it. Damn! Not sure about why Cutter needs to get the Palace out of the way. Is it some kind of filtering process or something? I'm really confused. Also, I am so happy for Shenshen! I'm also really worried. But this is just awesome. The whole thing with training with Old Maggoty makes sense now, from the dream. She'll have knowledge from herbs to draw from to help in her journey and aid the humans. What a choice - to help the humans. Talk about a conflicted path. One side trying to stem the tide of humans as they take over the world, while another side is now aiding that current to flow more smoothly. Whoa. It's kind of crazy. But I love it. I love the conflicted craziness of it. I really hope she won't be burned at the stake. Does this planet have burnings at the stake? I hope it doesn't.