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This book is an action packed sequel to Rebel of the Sands. Without revealing too much, let me assure you you will be satisfied with more bullets, scars, sardonic exchanges, magic, death, the lack there of, and even a "plot twist" (in quotes because you pretty much know it's going to be there, even if you can't predict all the details).
You will also encounter a slightly disappointing romance... let's just say that the author starts out with a plot choice that makes sense, but that combined with the later story gives gives us a lot of "oh, Jin..." from inside Amani's head, and a make out scene that gets interrupted before the characters do "something more"... I guess I just like the characters enough that I wanted a better story for them. Don't judge.
Aside from that small beef, I really enjoyed this book. The audio narration was great, the story has potential (can I get some international political intrigue a la Megan Whalen Turner in here please?), and the Real Drama will get you.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who liked the first one, fans of the Bartimaeus trilogy, YA readers of the Queen's Thief series... also YA readers of Dune.
This book reads just fine on 2.0 speed, in case you were wondering.