I enjoyed reading this book, but not as much as I loved the first one. However, it's still a good escapist read.
I was excited to get back to Dark Root, because I love the setting, I love the sisters. I love Maggie's internal wit. I still loved all of that in the second book. Maggie did have a little more character development in this book. There was more ritual magic in this one than before, but it didn't pull from the story to any great degree.
Despite my love for all things Dark Root and book one, I struggled more with this book because of a few things.
I didn't at all like that Maggie and Eve were stiffing people for money by playing pool. I know they kind of have karma bite them in the butt for it, but they totally deserved it. This took away my ability to like Maggie despite her faults. I can tell that Aasheim worked hard to make Leo a jerk in real life, but it was a bit too much. I still hated Maggie and Eve for killing him and didn't buy into the tactic. Also, Maggie acts like a spoiled brat with Shane through this whole book, right up until the end. She's lying to him about her pregnancy, but she throws a hissy fit because he see's him with another girl? It came off a bit self righteous and ridiculous. While I liked the waves that Aasheim created at the beginning of the book with Maggie being unexpectedly pregnant, the way it was introduced was underwhelming. I think there could have been a more drawing way to present it because the book picks up almost right off from book one. One other question I had was in regards to their mother. I felt like that relationship was confusing and not quite defined. Maggie didn't want a single thing to do with her mother in the first book, and avoided it like crazy, but then she couldn't fathom her mother dying? It just didn't seem as consistent.
In the end, I look forward to reading more books from this author because I can still appreciate her talent for setting and dialogue.