Have no idea what to expect from this installment, but I hope it's better than the last part. I think that's the problem with some serial novels. You break the story into pieces and are under more pressure to make those pieces stand on their own. If you do it well, it's awesome. If you do it poorly, the experience doesn't go well, and you end up losing people before half the book is finished.
The last part of this was really poor, imo, but I have five parts to read, so I shall move forward with haste. Onward I go.