I found World Binder to be a good book but almost a bit shoddy. This on the other hand is a very good return to form for Farland. His vision is fantastic and his pace phenomenal. Some of the characters are a bit one dimensional but overall the effect is quite powerful. You get the feeling that the series has perhaps 2 more books left in it before coming to it's end.
I have all of Farlands books in the RUnelords saga and I have to say I am very impressed overall. It took me perhaps 4 weeks to read all of them and you do start to feel for the characters and the sacrifices they make.
As a reader you do get the feeling that there is much more to be revealed.