This is a really exciting installment in the world of the Fables. I was glad to finally learn of Prose Page and a bit more about the Literals, though I'm surprised Prose died at all. I mean, it seems that after a few thousand years (and a few kids) she would have been better able to handle her youngest daughter's birth, and the fact that she lived long enough afterward to tell Revise her secret confuses me a bit more. The story of Prose could have been handled better - if she had been killed by a Fable, that would explain Revise's hatred towards Fables.
Only here we find that he doesn't really hate them, and the reason for his collection of Fables to depower them is explained here. It doesn't mean I think he was right, but it is definitely interesting. The ending was good in a few ways, but totally f-ed up in a couple of ways. The revelation of Jack's paternity - and maternity! - felt tacked-on to me, and rather ridiculous when you think about who is affected. Sure, Jack is a rogue, but COME ON. Really. When you read about the secret, you can decide for yourself and see who it is!
I was intrigued by the volcano spirits that appeared in this book and thought they might be made-up, but then I realized no, all these characters in Fables are actual literary characters, however minor. So I Googled the names of the spirits, and lo and behold, they actually come from a Native American myth. How cool is that?
I hope the next book shows more of Revise and the Pages, as well as Bookburner, and that whatever revelations come will be more solid/plausible than the one that came at the end of this volume. Fables has a lot of great ideas, but I don't want to see the writers go overboard and let this universe fall down a slippery slope with ridiculous plots and ideas.