At first I was a bit upset that Zanna and Lucy and all the characters we spent six other books falling in love with weren't there, and the new characters and setting and plot took a bit of getting used to and re-reading. But after a while, you started to notice connections and little hints on who the characters were. Plus the new charcters were also so cool.
This is now my fave book out of the series. It was a huge risk on Chris' part to do the book the way it is, but it deffo paid off because it was fantastic!