I may not have gotten a lot written but I did get more chapter 2 critiques back. Jael is coming off as a likeable character but for opposite reasons from my other critique groups. One group though Jael was too cool and aloof while someone else liked that quality. Another person thought she had too much internal dialog, possibly a valid complaint and something I'll look at next revision pass. On the whole, I'm happy with the feedback I'm getting and most of the criticisms are valid, though mild problems. (I also need to make Jacob's mom more protective. Point taken.)
A couple people didn't like the Jacob/Jael names. They said they were too similar. I don't know if they're too similar but they were chosen deliberately. Personally, I like the way they sound together: Jacob and Jael.
Finally, I got to do some reading for a change. Yea! It's interesting how many genre (sci fi/fantasy) books tell instead of show. Yet, they still got published. I wonder how that happens? I, and probably most starting writers, get hammered with 'show, don't tell' over and over. Yet here are two, fairly well-regarded genre books (Thousand Sons from Warhammer 40's Black Library is one) that are full of adverbs, 'telling' and other writing no-no's. It's puzzling.