First of all this book is nothing like book 7 or the previous books. It contains lots of notifications as a result of book 7. Explanations on the workings of the Land. And a setup to what is certainly to happen in the books to come. There was one moment that I thought about if it was really necessary to discribe it in so much detail that could definitely have been shorter an less detailed. I liked the book as it gave a lot of information on how the story could develop in the future. Looking forward to see what happens in book 9.
Spoilers . . . . As the book only discribes 5 days in total it is more concentrated on how Richter must survive without the tools and friends he has. Yes it is true little is revealed about what happens in the Mist Village but on the other hand the books timespan is only 5 days and not weeks or months.