Just started Winds of Change, book #2 of The Mage Winds Trilogy by Mercedes Lackey.
No idea where this is going to go but, between Hawkbrother mage
training, two sadist-mages one of whom is a king, and the Star-Eyed's
divine intervention...well, to call it a respite for interesting change
would be an understatement.
May you live in interesting times, as the Shin'a'in curse goes.
Luck, old friends.