I rather appreciate having read Atan's quietly grand adventure before Lilah's bumpier, somewhat grittier one. What some of the disgruntled reviews have overlooked is that both books are compatible with younger readers on average than Crown Duel. (When I realized that they kept comparing Lilah's story to Duel, well, at least they didn't try to measure it against Banner of the Damned. The next book an author puts forth is not necessarily Yet Another Story in the Same Mold As Before; it's great that they liked that mold, but come on.) That compatibility means that certain difficulties are barely raised, then continued past, because they don't impinge directly upon the focal characters. Even over-concerned and over-responsible Atan misses things.
I admit that I'm kind of waiting for one of the youngish characters who chooses the postpone-puberty spell to realize that though others do tend to treat you more even-handedly when you and they aren't fretting about lust, love, and adult-caliber relationships, and though you can get some things done beneath the noses of officious adults while masquerading as a child, sometimes important things aren't told or conveyed to you because someone else believes you to be a child and the children around you don't know to adjust for it. Just one. Perhaps Dtheldevor knows it---I haven't read the mirrored Barefoot Pirate, nor indeed any Wren, IIRC---or perhaps I have missed something obvious.