Not quite as good as the first. Too many characters for the author to keep a firm hold on, I thought. Perhaps it was for the best that a few of them were killed off. Regarding Brant, I felt there should have been a bit more development in terms of his viewpoint regarding Dart. I hope that the third book will be as good as the first, but it looks like we may never see the ending. The publisher or the author... something went wrong. I'd recommend not starting this serious until the third book gets published... if it ever does.