3 1/2 stars. I found the first half a little slow, but not sure why. An improvement from the last book, but something just didn't grab me. There is a lot of setup for future events and one monumentally stupid decision made by 2 of the characters. This installment takes place over a 1 year period, but I didn't get the feeling of that much time passing in the lives of the Brothers. I am definitely looking forward to Qhuinn and Blay's book next year but wish Layla wasn't going to be so involved in their story .