I’ve just finished Seven Surrenders now. It’s maybe a little bit less amazing than the first book, but I still really enjoyed it, and it somehow seemed to tie most things up together.
I’ve got the third book already, but I’m half thinking I should not start it until the fourth book is out and in my possession. I assume that this might be the better gap to have between the books, instead of between 3 and 4?
I think I had a few similar niggles with the gender thing also. Especially the describing genders according to their roles or what we might expect of them (especially his description of the Sensayer Carlyle’s gender changing a couple of times), although I guess it’s all from Mycroft’s point of view, so subject to his own biases. Although I found it a bit strange referring to Sniper as ‘it’ once we found out they has both genitals - would have thought continuing the They word would have been fine!
Speaking of Sniper, I was a bit confused as there was one chapter with them describing what happened when they were captured. And I think the story was told a few months later. But at the end of the book, Sniper is still separate and not in communication with Mycroft when he sums everything up a few months later. Maybe I need to go back to the chapter again to double check.