The first thing that pops to mind is that this book is perfectly titled and that's not something you'll really get unless you read it. :)
Once again, Monette and Bear throw you in the deep end of their intricate and perfectly wonderful worlds. The names are strange to the tongue and eye, there are words that on first, quick look appear to be the most alien of languages, but soon you're immersed because the storytelling is just that good.
I have to say, that this volume of the Iskryne Saga, the second one, seemed fairly calm and almost uneventful, compared to the first one, A Companion of Wolves. But a ton of stuff really happened, things that 'tempered' the young men we met in the first book.
See, 'tempering' means the following:
One of my favourite TV shows is Vikings and I found in reading this book, the world felt far more familiar to me than the first volume did when I read it before Vikings. Things were a little easier to picture in my mind's eye. :)
I have the 3rd book of the Saga in my TBR.and I'm very much looking forward to reading it. :)