Nyx, aging, sick, and expelled from the bel dame order, is making her life as she can – with black work, grey work, any work. The thing is: she’s caught up, as usual, in larger situations than she realises. The world expands, and we get a picture of several other nations and cultures on this planet. Despite being a bit convoluted and harder to follow than the first volume, this is a worthy follow-up to God’s War. You’ll need to have read the first, and worth the read to see characters growing and changing as they struggle with longer-term challenges.