Even better than the first book in the series!
The adventures/quest of the 3 siblings continue and I grew to like Valyn even more than I did after the first book. We delved deeper into Kaden's personality and I grew to really like him almost as much as Valyn. Even the sister, Adare, grew on me.
This series is a fantastic blend of magic, action and politics and while sometimes the politics get a bit confusing and murky, I found myself okay with this because they were just as confusing and murky for our 3 main characters. Enemies become allies, we meet new people who could be one, the other or both and we lose some characters along the way. Some of which pissed me the hell off, but as a veteran reader of George RR Martin, I have learned to deal with this in my epic fantasy. Brian Staveley is, however, on my side-eye list. *LOL*
There's a depth and heft to this story-telling that I quite enjoy. It feel meaningful to me,and if I have to compare Staveley to anyone, it'd be GRRM.
Staveley's world-building is intricate and logical and totally believable. Nothing is black and white, good or evil, right or wrong. These are real people living in times of upheaval and reacting in so many different and sometimes quite unexpected ways.
I loved it, really. The 3rd and final novel in this trilogy came out in March and believe me, it's on my TBA (To Be Acquired) list.