Bought this as I thought the plot (from the blurb on the back) had potential. Whilst the prose isn't too bad, the 'coincidences' that other reviewers have alluded to really got in the way of the narrative. Also, the addition of the vampiric subplot and the oh so tired 'dark power trying to rise again' theme left me dissapointed. As stated, I finished the book in an afternoon as most of it was qute readable if not exactly ground-breaking stuff. It would have been much better to simply have Tris learning to use his new powers to remove his usurper brother from the throne, rather than suddenly being confronted with the threat of this dark power which is only introduced in the final third of the book and had me groaning with dissapointment. All in all, whilst the first part is readable (the action could do with slowing down in places), the second dives straight into cliche territory and revisits the old haunts we know only too well. It's a shame because this could have been a wonderful new addition to the genre.