1. i feel like a lot of detail is missing since you switched and Hiding Spire is talking a LOT more then she used to, maybe im completely wrong about that and its just my impression but i did prefer the first style
2. Hiding Spire changed a lot over the adventure which is fine but later in the story i feel like we (those who made commands) were less the "Crazy voice in her head" to her being more of a doll that exactly followed our commands. I feel like we should have less control on that part else its like she never learns something during the adventure.
3. OK... the squad based combat was kind off impossible without way more information this part was easily the worst i feel and the biggest problem with point 2. A experienced leader orders people to climb the buildings and scout in a storm, thats just retarded.
The stealth part should have been longer and more off (but this probably was because we didnt choose to do more stealth) this is what Hiding Spire does and was the best part of the story
Full scale military conflict and political conflicts. Im to dumb to answer in these scenes so im not gonna comment on it
extended fights: Hiding Spire should be more in control of these
4?. This all depends on which scenes you actually want pictures for. For example point 3 would be a excellent time to have pictures
Good story (its actually the only one i bother checking every day for updates :P) and good luck on the next book