When I first started reading this book, I was a little upset because... Where's Jack? Yes, it was tragic. I missed Jack and his loveable ferociousness. But anyway, I quickly(within first two pages) realized that Seph was just as wonderful as Jack :)
Oh yes, it was exciting. This book was a little more dark than the first one, and while I can't say that I loved it more than the first one, it's a strong contender. It's funny because with this book and The Warrior Heir, I was always bored to the point where I would stop reading the book, then it would get exciting and I wouldn't be able to put it down until I finished it.
The end of this book was amazing. Simply amazing. I grew to love this new character and had a new appreciation for some old characters I might not have liked so much in the first book (Linda and Hastings, anyone?) So overall, a very satisfying follow up. I loved it :)