For some reason, I accidentally skipped book 2 in this series and jumped straight from 1 to 3. However, for all that an entire novel's worth of story..Show More » takes place between the two books, I didn't find that there was anything absolutely essential that I missed. Granted, I was still confused by all the characters, which are not really all that fleshed out, and the story jumps around and just doesn't make a whole lot of sense, so part of that might be from my missing out, but I think most of it was just due to the fact that this book isn't all that great.
It pretty much suffers from the standard "media tie-in" novel disease. That is to say, a pretty standard "hero party has to save the world from a sinister plot" with an action scene every couple of chapters or so. Having read so many of these kinds of books over the decades, it was just a little hard to get excited about, and I found myself bored with it for the most part. I really like the world of Eberron and would love to see some sophisticated novels that focus a lot on worldbuilding and deep character development. I really don't need another action book. This one just felt like it went on too long, rehashing the same conflict over and over and giving a pretty standard climax and conclusion to a typical "trilogy" media tie-in.
On another note, I really was annoyed at the narrator's voiceover work. Not the voice itself, but the accents and intonations chosen. She took evil villain to eleven on this one, with really squeaky laughs and comments even with male characters that just didn't feel right at all. Ouch.