Unlike the first book this one is very slow to start. I wasn't interested in what was going on until halfway through the book when the action started and after figuring out what really was going on. The characters were dull and uninteresting and I really wasn't left guessing who was involved. It didn't hold my interest as the first book did as the pacing was way too slow. It also didn't have an interesting subplot to follow along with and try to throw you off the on who's doing what.