The story line is better developed than the first in this series and the characters given a bit more depth. I just wish the author would get someone who has a good command of vocabulary to proof read his books. Every now and then he uses the wrong word and I'm not sure if this is just an inadvertent misspelling not caught up by the spellchecker because it is a word, or if he genuinely can't spell the word - he does need to find out what a 'mummer' is as this crops up in both books instead of 'murmur'. I also don't really want the political diatribes he tacks on to the end of this and substituent books. That said it's an engaging enough story.