This is the second book in the First Law trilogy, and I enjoyed it equally as much as the first book. The first book had the advantage of the newness factor -- a new story, new characters, and a new world to learn about. This second book had the advantage of familiar characters. I was able to jump right into the story, already invested in the characters, and they often made me smile with their favorite sayings and their quirks.
The story continues to build and, just like in my review for the first book, I’m not even going to attempt to summarize it. This is an epic fantasy type of story which encompasses a variety of different plot threads in different parts of a fictional world with lots of political machinations, wars, and adventures. In this book we primarily follow three plot threads involving a war to the south, a war to the north, and a small party’s journey through dangerous territory to the west. All three story lines were interesting to me, as were all of the main characters. I think there were about six different point-of-view characters.
Since this is a well-read series, I don’t want to mention character names because that could spoil book one for anybody who’s reading it by telling them who survives to participate in the second book. I’m going to put the rest of my review in spoiler tags, so that I can speak freely about some of my thoughts.
There are spoilers for both books one and two here, and some of them are pretty major, so please don’t click unless you’ve either already read the books or you don’t care about the spoilers.
I love a good epic fantasy like this one that has lots of things going on with ambiguous events and motivations that keep me guessing and speculating. I’m really looking forward to reading the final book in the trilogy, and the other three standalone novels as well.