I loved the first book in the series, but this one dragged a little. There was an inordinate amount of detail about arms design, military organization, and provisioning that may be entertaining to someone into hard-core military history, but I found quite boring. Also, the total transformation of Prince Roger into a sympathetic character is just a touch unbelievable--I think it would be more entertaining/realistic if he were to lapse every now and then into his old ways, or at least consider it. And finally, the "love story" with Desperaux (sp? of course I'm not sure since I'm listening ...) is chaste to the point of requiring a suspension of disbelief--although I guess it's nice if I'm going to recommend this to my teenage boys. Despite my complaints, and the feeling that it's something of a filler book, this does a good job of moving the story along and getting us to the next stage in the saga of the castaways. Which of course I'm planning on buying.
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