I stood in line for an ARC (Advance Reader Copy) of this for 1.5 hours and thought it was worth it. I then really enjoyed the book. However, I apparently didn't have much to say about it for a couple more months, as it's now December. I though the book was good. It managed to continue a story that I didn't expect to be continuable by adding in a new (and dangerous) character and splitting the party so that there were multiple perspectives. The characters all had depth and continued to feel continuous with the previous characters. The plot was full of adventure and suspense. These are all good things. What the book didn't have was the stunning inventiveness of the first book, with intelligent moral quandaries and thoughtful discussions of philosophy. I'm sure I'll finish the trilogy but I also think that I'll only be raving wildly about the first one.