I am bailing on this for now. I may come back and change my mind. There is just too much going on at the same time and it is not holding my attention.
This certainly made a good ending for the duology. I love how Maia fully came into her own here (that's real character development right there), and the Six Crimson Cranes references. The author took inspiration from several famous Chinese legends, and really made it her own in this world, and I loved that about this series too.
I don't regret sticking with this duology to the end at all.
(Photo in the background belongs to Muye Ma)