I enjoyed this book much more than the first of the series, as the plot finally "thickens" as the old saying goes. Not only were the main characters fleshed out so were new ones, such as the invading forces. Over all, it was a much better read, a quicker pace, and a deeper insight into both plot and people. The last lines of the book especially left me eager for the next book. "You know how you said people would follow met to he gates of hell? .... you'd better find them; that's where we're going."