Just a middle-brow reader who loves a good story, recipe or how-to.
The events in Conclave - intrigue between and within Families, torture, genetic alterations, hostage negotiations, meeting of all Family heads and their Lazari - are compelling and interesting, yet somehow this always feels like a bridging story. Even a touch of romance with another Lazarus and the excitement of a violent and bloody fight between Forever and another Lazarus do not lift it from this feeling.
I found this to be thoroughly enjoyable, and it left me wanting more. Luckily, the fourth bind-up will be published soon.