With the third installment of the Jonas and Rime series, Adams has clearly hit his stride, both as a writer and and as a storyteller. The intercepting stories of three (and a half) sets of characters weave together to a wonderful conclusion. Rime and Jonas continue to get closer (though "close" may be an overstatement) as she seeks escape from inevitable madness and he confronts his past. Linus and his assassin are increasingly tragic as they pursue our heroes. And two delightful goblin sisters round out the party with their own in-jokes, familial bickering, and just the right amount of scholarly naivete.
More than once I stayed up too late just to read an extra chapter. Far more than once I cackled madly at a turn of phrase or a well placed joke. Precisely once I was left giddy and in awe of Adams' writing - what he claims to be the best paragraph he's ever written, and among the best excerpts of writing I've ever read.
Do yourself a favor. If you haven't yet read Spell/Sword and the Riddle Box, get a hold of them now. While self published and a little rough around the edges, they are an absolute steal at 99 cents each and are truly wonderful stories. Then settle in for the main course, Asteroid Made of Dragons, and join me in waiting impatiently for the sequel.