3.5 stars. I liked this one a little bit better than the first. The books are still very similar to a BDB, almost interchangeable in some areas, but for some reason lack a little bit of "something" (not sure what) that BDB seems to possess.Even so, the books are a fun and fast read. Hooray for a book that isn't long and drawn out! I'm almost getting sick of every single book that I pick up anymore being of mammoth proportions. Sometimes you just want to sit down and read something quickly and be able to immerse yourself in the world right away - not feel like you have to set aside a block of time to read or otherwise you aren't getting very far.I doubt I'll be writing very many extensive reviews/summaries for this series, as I quit doing so with most of the BDB books. Once you start the series, you'll figure out the formula right off and know what you're getting into. If you like BDB, chances are, you'll find these books a nice substitute.