The Sudarshana (80AD, #4) - Aiki Flinthart It's gotten better. As soon as certain elements were mentioned in the story, I knew what was going to come to light. I did like seeing Jade toughen up and stop whining, and not being the pansy girl trope that plagues a lot of fantasy where gaming is involved. However, I still find Phoenix to be selfish, Marcus to be wooden, and Brynn to be the obnoxious little brother that your parents force you to take along.