Well, i think it's really cool stuff... To my belief you become more and more close to father of 4X strategy games MoM, and it's good. MoM was ideal standard for such games.
I believe your next step should be making real difference in races, and to make them more fantasy like.
Yes, it's amusing to see the game get closer and closer to MOM/Standard Civ. The way you get heroes based on Fame is exactly MOM style. Hero advancement is moving away from pure randomness toward less random path closer to MOM.
Unrest mechanic is basic Civ stuff. Food Growth Bonus etc.
Even non-humans are slowly being added.
Variety of spells are improving but MOM is still unmatched.
But overall, it's a great game now. Moral of story, new isn't necessarily good. FE/LH succeeds because of good execution not necessarily brand new ideas.