Reviewing on the fly but I will review more later. But for now, suffice to say I loved the interaction here. Adele 'slapping' Icheb around the face for how she has little reason to trust him is striking. The fact that she can trust Lakwa more than Icheb is startling. However, when we consider the facts she has more to base her trust on Lakwa than she does Icheb. However, poor Icheb and Maren have had a conspiracy of events to thwart their opportunities to prove themselves to Adele. Yes, the lying about dying is a circumstance of their own making but still things have not exactly gone their way. I do feel that Icheb is ready to make up for his actions. He has a lot to prove and to try and win back the trust he had seemed to be forming with Adele. I liked too the insight we get of Adele's thoughts here. As usual she is reflective, smart and interesting to read about. Can't wait for more.