Mr. Daglish could still use a copyeditor with a good grasp of punctuation (when someone asks a question, use a question mark within the quotes, and not a comma, before the "s/he asked" part), and the story drags a bit in near the middle with extremely detailed and graphic fight scenes. It's also showing its D&D roots more strongly than the first book (which could be a bonus or a drawback, depending on how one feels about D&D!). If you enjoy extremely detailed, gory, and graphic battles, though, you won't be disappointed!
Characterization is still fluffy, though with enough detail that the characters rarely feel interchangeable, and very D&D in feel -- the world rates life cheaply, and forgiveness comes easy to main characters unless it personally affects them. For me, this is jarring; the detailed combat makes me want more emotional nuance and detail as well.
However, Harruq's emotional crisis point (when he becomes [spoiler]) is well done; I hope that his redemption is achieved by his deeds, and not by "suffering enough" on its own. Qurrah, busily digging his own grave, has two moments of Plot-Required Stupidity (genre-savvy tip: when framed, the real criminal should be kept alive to testify), but the rest of the brothers' conflicts are within their characters and motivations.
It ends on not-quite-a-cliffhanger-but-close. I'm awaiting the next book -- will be looking for it after I finish the review, in fact -- but I'm probably going to be price-sensitive on it.
(reviewed 66 days after purchase)