He tried hinting that she should obey the unwritten rules of Zoon life and stay afloat, but a hint was to Esk what a mosquito bite was to the average rhino because she was already learning that if you ignore the rules people will, half the time, quietly rewrite them so that they don’t apply to you.
And here we come to the first hint at the heart of the story. I'm really enjoying the detail of Esk's interactions with the different people she meets. And I also like that Granny is not quite the self-assured powerhouse that she is in the later books.
In this one, Granny knows her weaknesses (heights, particle physics, knowledge of wizards, literary skills) and we get to know them, too. But what makes Granny so brilliant - even in this book - is that she doesn't let her own imperfections get in the way of anything. It's another thing I had not really caught on the first read.
I'm really digging the re-read.