The sequel to The Dragon With The Chocolate Heart puts the spotlight on Silke, the orphan refugee who has learned every street and alley in the city of Drachensburg and whose skill with stories brings in the customers at the Chocolate Heart, where she works part time alongside her best friend, the dragon Aventurine.
Silke is a storyteller, and she is determined to be the hero of her own story. But when the Crown Princess recruits her for a spying mission during at visit from they mysterious fairy court, Silke finds herself facing the darkest fears from her past, and the mission quickly unravels around her.
It's great to see this world from Silke's point of view, and the addition of the fairies expands the world quite a bit. The fairies are quite frightening in spite of the lack of bloody violence in the story. Their magic is powerful, but their ruthlessness and manipulativeness make them truly dangerous foes for Silke, who must battle the traumatic memories of her past even as she deals with the fairies.
The emphasis on the power and skill of diplomacy is another great aspect of the book, and the climactic battle of wits is clever and fun.
And, as with the first book, all of the lore of chocolate is given lavish and loving detail