Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. The build up to finding Anushka was entertaining and the last couple chapters created a satisfying end while still building up to the grand finale of the last book in the series. I do feel like the author has introduced a lot of epically-proportioned problems for our characters to miraculously solve in the final book... I don't love it when authors do this because it leaves me with a feeling of dread as I mentally prepare myself for the characters to be broken and beaten down repeatedly until they somehow - against all odds - prevail in the end. So I may put off reading the final book for a bit.
One thing that I didn't like about the second book was the romance. And by that I mean the complete lack of romance... Tristan and Cecile are supposed to be bonded, but I feel like I'm *told* they're bonded way more than I'm *shown* they're bonded. It was clear they cared and thought about eachother, but other than one or two scenes, their love might has well been a familial love between brother and sister - or something equally unromantic. I feel like love and romance in books needs to be overdone or else it is hard to believe... and in this book it was definitely hard for me to believe.