For my review of The Thousand Names, click here.
I read this one in August, and it was a great read. I liked The Thousand Names, but I loved this one. It must be noted, however, that it is not the same kind of book. The first in the series was a military fantasy, and while the second has some of those elements toward the end, it is not a military fantasy.
Instead, it focuses on matters closer to home. Away from the front lines, revolution is simmering. It's different, and that might actually be what makes it better.
We stick with Marcus and Winter, but we also add the POV of Princess Raesinia, who's a pretty awesome character with some interesting stuff going on magically. In addition, we finally meet the much-talked-about Jane. It's interesting to watch how Winter's relationship with her develops in this book.
While we leave behind some of the stuff from the first book, the new stuff Wexler brings in more than makes up for it. And I trust that we'll see some of the first book's plot lines come back into play in the third.
Overall, this is a great read. Even without as much of the military action, there's still plenty of action and generally fast pacing. I highly recommend it, even if you weren't sure about the first book.