My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I am giving it four stars because it is a strong book, but one with flaws.
Much like the first book in the trilogy, The Grace of Kings, I felt that the book lacked a certain polish. In fact I was much more pleased with this book (as compared to the first book) up until about half way through. Then it seemed like the quality of the book sagged. As I was reading the second book (in a hard-cover version) I initially thought that the difference might be that I had listened to the first book but read the second book. But then the sag occurred and I decided that it was the book and not the medium.
I am not sure how to describe my reservations about the books. I just had the feeling that the author had a checklist of different types of scenes that were stuck in a outline. There is just an organic seamlessness that is missing.
I will be reading the third book, to see how things turn out and to see if the quality of the writing goes up a notch.