The book picks up where the first one left off, with the whole cast of characters moving on with what they where doing. While some new characters do come in, it is good to see the development of the existing characters. Here there is some solid character development – I especially like Totho’s story.
We also get to see more of the nations of the world, and see that not only are the characters well built, but the world they inhabit is as well.
The development here is good, however the book is clearly part of the series, and I think would not make as much sense if the first book in the series was not read first.