One of my biggest pet peeves in "modern" fantasy is when characters from the "normal" world are faced with some sort of fantasy weirdness and have either little or no reaction to it. Although this volume had a lot of this weirdness, Kibuishi very gracefully evades the trap keeping Emily and Navin's reactions believable and at times funny ("lets hope that tree was bad at math").
Overall this was a great volume and it made me like the story even more. It gives more detail about the history of the land Emily and Navin have stumbled into and what their role in it is assumed to be. I really like how the story is being set up with conflicting goals of some of the characters. I feel like the introduction to the characters and world is now over and the main story, though already set in motion, is now going to take center stage.