The main impression I got of this book is that O'Connor didn't seem to know where to focus her attentions. It felt all over the place. This didn't feel like the end of a series; it felt more like a middle section.
And I really didn't like how much time Loren's men spent discussing differences in culture, possible misunderstandings, and stuff of that ilk. As time wore on, I skimmed.
So much could've been condensed to save dozens of pages but, I reiterate, the lack of focus got in the way. The ending didn't *feel* like an ending. It felt like it should've been the middle.
Overall, this wasn't a book I really enjoyed; I probably skimmed a large percentage just to boil it down to the real plot. In the grand scheme of things, I'll be returning it, disappointed.