The second book in Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson’s original Hellhole trilogy is very consistent with the first book. Taking place immediately after the first book ends, the authors build upon both the characters and situations, creating a more action packed second book, with considerably more deaths and political deceit.
If you enjoyed the first book, you will no doubt have a good time with this one. And while certain secrets are revealed that were quite predictable, it was still a fun ride and I look forward to finishing the series with the last book in the trilogy, Hellhole: Inferno.
If you did not read the first book, I would advise not to start with this one, but to read from the beginning. However, with the quick back story the authors smoothly deliver, it should not be too hard to catch on to the story. They do a nice job of not treading over old ground for too long before moving forward with the adventure. Although I prefer the authors’ work on Dune, for a large-scale, easy to read space opera, this series still hits the mark.