I agree more or less. This has been a great book, and I've enjoyed the hell out of reading it, but I'm not 100% sure where it's going. This chapter in particular was fantastic though. Archie knows now, apparently, we've had it out with Claudia, Livia gets to see/understand how good Alex is (or perhaps how lacking she herself is), the demon!thingy is back and killed Martha, Alex has been practicing a ton, etc. Great chapter all around.