This duology was a big disappointment. When I read a book, I hope to like at least one of the characters, and it is expected that you will dislike the villain; right? In this book, and the one preceding, there are six character, and the story is told in slots from the perspective of each of the characters, each chapter being dedicated to each characters in turn. I may have missed some too subtle clue, as to which of these character was supposed to be the hero, and which the villain, because as far as I was concerned, all six were dreadful people, with nothing to recommend any of them. I found myself not caring whether the characters won, lost or drew in the war that was the action and main plot in this tale. All in all, a very unsatisfying story with a bunch of characters who lacked any saving graces.