This second book in the Fitz and the Fool trilogy carries on directly from the end of the first .
It deals mainly with the consequences of Bee's disappearance and the stabbing of the Fool.
A vast array of characters, including new ones, feature, taking the reader back to all the previous trilogies.
The author excels at characterisation and plot. There's plenty of action, lots of revelations but too much introspection in Fitz's case - in my opinion.
Thoroughly enjoyable and engaging, it is highly recommended but, if you haven't read any of the previous novels, it may not make a lot of sense.