The little kids in this fic are
, and the author does well in portraying their mental development from babies to adolescents. The refreshingly twisted take on the royal family is also a big draw. Here, Azulon is a crafty old goat who's playing everyone against each other, Ozai hopes that his favored child Zuko will take after Iroh
, and Ursa is... complicated
. The author manages something I thought impossible; making Zhao a sympathetic character while still retaining the elements of his personality that would motivate him to kill the Moon Spirit. I do have some worries on how tension will be maintained in later chapters if Azula and Zuko end up as enemies, as Azula's firebending still outclasses Zuko's.