Shalador's Lady follows straight on from The Shadow Queen but this time it's a much better read! The weakness of the first one was the fact that although the story had new characters we only saw them half the time, spending the rest of the time with old characters that really had nothing to do with the story. This time though, we get far more of Cassidy and her newly formed court and appearances with the likes of Jaenelle and Daemon much less intrusive.
Cassidy in this book fairly blossoms into the Queen her people need. She's still beset with bouts of crippling self-doubt, particularly when Theran is around, but with her increasing confidence these become less and less.
Bishop seems to have more focus with this book and the story rolls along steadily with the older characters in supporting roles instead of pulling you out of the story as they did in the first. The romance between Cassidy and Gray is understated but still satisfying while Theran has his own journey which I won't spoil for you.
And the Scelties are just hilarious!!