The family issue was very awkward, after all there wasn't much said about Mrs. Ugabi being a renowned witch. And you were sort of in the middle of the story, however going through Andrew's point of view you were discovering information out as he was. You also got info from other characters when they told the story, but most of it seemed to explain their issues, and didn't always clear things up. However I do like how Andrew and Aloysia's relationship as it grew. I never felt that Aloysia hated Andrew but there was some animosity going on, due to her past and it seemed more aimed at her father than anything else.
Overall I found it an enjoyable read and am giving it my Excellent Rating: