I received this book as an arc through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I really loved this book. Often times the second book in a series suffers when compared to the first, or is slow going because it's setting up for the climax in the third book, or for another arc in books to come, but this was not the case in this book. The plot continued to be nicely complex, and I loved the twists and turns. The new characters fit into the plot well, and I liked that no one, even secondary characters was exactly who they first appeared to be. No one dimensional villains or innocent victims to be seen.
I liked that the story continued to not just be about Sig and Lain, but was about everyone involved. The view points changed, but not a breakneck pace, and it was easy for me to keep the characters and their stories straight. The varied points of view made the story richer for me, and helped me appreciate how the characters thought about themselves, and how they viewed each other. I liked that the author didn't seem wed to the absolute traditional Norse mythology. I liked how their interpretations worked with the idea that history is written by the victors, and how that might have influenced how characters were portrayed. It was thoughtful, and interesting.
The plot was fast paced, and I loved how the author drew all the disparate threads together in the ending. It was nicely tied together without feeling too pat or easy. Another great volume of this series, and I will be looking forward to reading more.