While I managed to shy my eyes from the dull, political parts of the first book, I found it riveting. Eagerly digging into the second, I was confronted with unwanted changes from the start – Harry in another form. I think the author rushed this a bit, but have no idea what he plans with the rest of the series. I preferred him as a person like he was, even if he jumped ahead in time a lot with age.
The Wamphyri is still the most fascinating part. We learn a lot more surrounding the mythos, how Thibor Ferenczy became, his creator and the back history, and the brutal, bloody path they both carved out before them. The vampire stuff was definitely interesting, and I couldn’t tear my eyes away from this story.
The bizarre form of necromancy Harry has was as interesting as before, evolved even, so I again loved reading about those connections and experiences.
I’m still not a political espionage fan, so again grew bored with a lot of that. Too frequent head hopping is a turn-off, especially if I don’t care about the characters the perspective is told through. This book boasts great characters but nudges them aside to set up some semi-confusing stuff and dry areas I’m not as eager to dive in.
To me this sequel branched out the story and filled us in, but rushes into complex changes and spends too much time on things I don’t care about. It’s a creative world with a lot of intelligence and depth, but has the strange technique of rushing too much and waiting too long to get there at the same time.