I got this book after first buying Ms. Nice's Pen & Ink with Watercolor book. This book is also a delight to use. While it does not have quite the appeal of the other book (for me personally since I like and missed the color) it is still a good book for anyone wanting to become more proficient in pen & ink. Since that is what it is meant to do that is the criteria I used to rate it.
There are chapters describing the materials used. Chapters on the different strokes and how different the effect each one has when she shows a ball created with them. There are chapters on value and contrast, composition, landscapes, seascapes, plants, animals and portraits. She shows drawings created only with a verticle stroke for example or only with contour lines or dots along with many more that combine them with other marks. She shows the effect different technical pen sizes have on a drawing. She shows pen & ink combined with ink washes and gives advice on a field sketch kit. And these are only a few of the things this book demonstrates.
On every page the numberous drawings show the humble pen deserves to be respected as a serious art medium in its own right. This book would be a good addition to any artist's library no matter their skill level or subject matter.