A competent book from an author I'd never heard of. And it's free, which is why I got it. I liked this book. It was enjoyable, nice characterisation, if a little cliched at times, and an interesting plot that I didn't see all the twists of. Which is why I've given it three stars and intend to buy the next one.
5 stars - which most of the reviewers here have left - really ought to be reserved for incredible, life changing books. And this isn't one of them. But you often get a form of grade inflation on online review sites.
Good sequel. Deepens the characterisation of the charachters, especially Books, but some of the others too. the author says, in the afterword, that she's going to devote each book mainly to one character. This was Books'. But a lot of Amaranthe and a fair amount of Basilard is in this book also. I have to say that I did predict the major plot twists in this one, unlike the first. But it was a good read for all that. I'll be buying the third (which has Basilard as the main focus.)