It was just being faithful to the first novel. It gets far more dynamic and the characters stand out and try to achieve far more personally, at least up to the 4th book's end.
It's fantastic for me, especially Maura considering her goal. I need to buy the next book soon. Even though she couldn't have all her powers she'd have such a fantastic kit.
An Aztec-ish rift map would be great, too, if Riot put their own spin on it like Rokka did. Well, the Worldbreaker skin line shows off the potential nicely.