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Following on from the previous book, Miska is once again continuing her rampaging (technically a cover for her careful investigation in to her dad’s death). This book seemed more action packed than the last version, but like with the Hangman’s Daughter, the action happens for reasons, and there are still respites in action giving character's a chance to reflect upon things.
Several of the prisoners get more of the story’s spotlight. I’ll avoid spoilers, but the story absolutely makes things more personal for some of them, which affects the squad, and their understandable paranoia about their chances of survival. Building upon the previous book, and my comparison to something like Gaunt’s Ghosts in regards to character death, and the impact upon the mission and the individuals is quite evident in this book.
Whilst there are big questions still outstanding, which given this is a series that makes sense and should be expected, I felt this book added more depth to the book’s universe. By the end of the book I felt more connections to past events a lot had been added to the setting, and whilst some readers may question this part way through, I think the story builds towards proving this point at the end.
In summary, Fun story, added character depth, expanded lore, and an ending that left me intrigued to know what happens next.
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