i liked it even better than the first one! the bond between Fitz and Nighteyes is so strong and romantic a thing that i almost cried at the end of the book!
the story is really well-told, characters are true to themselves, there is nothing happening that does not make sense. i really love the way Robin Hobb has to tell a story. must have next book!!
Very dark and much more of a political/espionage thriller than a fantasy, but still a great series!