Maybe I'm overstating it a little but maybe not. I finished chapter 20's second revision and got into chapter 21. Chapter 21 is Jacob noticing and dealing with the change in behavior in Jael. She's more emotional and is spending more time with Balt. As an emotional arc, that's fine but it doesn't feel interesting. I need to keep the reader turning the pages. I need to have things happen. I need to stop using italics for emphasis.
So, how do I fix it? A couple things come to mind. I can add some action or danger. They're off in the wild woods it wouldn't be hard to insert an action sequence with a magical or mundane beast. That feels kinda cheap. The unmotivated-car-chase-in-the-middle-of-the-movie kind of cheese. (I'm looking at you, Swordfish) I don't want the conflict to come from within the three characters. I've had Jacob physically challenge Balt, and lose. I've had him challenge him and win (off camera as it were) early in chapter 21. But maybe that's telling and now showing. I can add some wonder to the chapter, Jacob stumbling across something magical and wonderful, like with the Unicorn.
I don't know what to do yet. More pondering is required. I hate to admit it, but I really want someone to look this over, tell me what needs fixing. That's a hard thing for someone as independent and opinionated as myself to admit. I wish I could just sit down and re-write this and re-write this and re-write it until it's perfect. But I'm stealing time from my other life as it is. I don't know where else to steal from. Maybe it's time to start skipping sleep.