There's much more action in this book than in the first, Sister's of the Bloodwind, so the story moves faster for the reader. The information causes me to cry because the author assists me to feel the heart of the characters. The first book of the series was really slow, but in reading the second book I'm glad the details of the first book were shared. This book began with a well established foundation in the first of The Chronicles of Heaven's War. But I'm not a normal fiction reader anymore, for the most part now I read technical & business journals and documents, so this is a nice break. I really like that with time, I can come back to the story after an extended time away from the book and have the story in my head.
I finally finished the rewrite put up for download in 2015, it's much better than the original because the world lives more and the details are shrunk in many areas. The characters live more also. Having started the third book earlier today, I glad that the time taken with this book is a solid foundation assisting in growth with the other books. The hard copy is too big for me to hold, but the e-version is a nice size.