Viva the Undead!
As much as I love this book, I am concerned that it lost so easily being part of a series. I'm looking forward to seeing what the new judge thinks. I also wonder if the judge is a new reader to Sounis/Eddis/Attolia because that will certainly factor into the decision. These books are so full of little inside secrets that while I don't think it would matter to a new reader, it absolutely enhances the experience for the established fan.
It will be interesting! After last year's surprise Frog Scientist, I was very curious to see if there would be another out-of-left-field pick. I don't think Conspiracy winning the poll is very surprising. The Battle just got more interesting.