After the first book, which had a major character death, the group is in taters, trying to cope with the loss however they are able. All of the characters seem a little more broken in their grief, but their personalities again shine from the pages. Each main character feels fully formed and realized, completely unique entities. Here, they are searching for the treasure of the Fallen House with urgency, due to Laila's impending doom.
Severin has decided to eschew personal relationships, further alienating the group that is very in need of his guidance. Zofia and Enrique particularly become key in this book, as they feel lost within themselves and must carry forward with the missions at hand. The adventure really picks up the pace of the book, and the ending was incredible.
Although the beginning was a bit slower, the second half really makes this book incredible. This is once again a beautiful tale of friendship and love, filled with the families we create for ourselves. This sequel also portrays the brutality of grief and loss, as well as the difficulties in coping. I would highly recommend for anyone who enjoys dark YA fantasy with incredibly deep characters.