This book was okay.. I kinda felt like the whole point of it was to just set you up for Abhorsen (the third book in the trilogy). There were points where I was really into it and I could really imagine what was going on, but then there were other times where the book felt very slow and in a sense, pointless. I will say that Abhorsen looks like it will be a very good book thanks to the preparation for it in this book. Every thing has been set so that the next book doesn't have to be as slow as Lariel. Nix can begin with the action and hopefully not let up through the remainder of the book.