Kings of the North takes place right after the first book finished. Kieri is still trying to bridge the gap between humans and elves while his councillors are putting him under pressure to marry and have an heir. Dorrin is still trying to heal her land and people and finding the evil her family left behind. Arcolin is still finding bandits while he waits to find himself declared the title of Count. Paks occasionally makes an appearance.
Nothing really happens in the book that is that monumental but it still makes a fantastic read. We have a lot of character development which is good. You get the feeling that this is merely to set the scene for the next book which will be action all the way. Elizabeth Moon is a fantastic writer. I do want to go back and read the previous series while I wait for the new book. It is going to be hard to find a book that lives up to this one.