True to form, the descriptive settings and characters pull you right into the story, even faster with this sequel than with the first book. There is a map at the beginning to bring a visual element to the settings and this story comes with some illustrations and descriptions of the characters I left in the first installment along with a brief background to refresh my memory.
The author wastes no time in causing the characters turmoil. They are immediately thrown into difficult situations and there is a greater feeling of stress and anticipation in the words of this story when compared with the first installment of this epic tale.
The description of gravity and the thin air on the other planet was a great detail. I appreciate the thought that went into describing in detail the sensations associated with being in a place with less gravitational pull than what we are used to. I wish that the cyclops, in regard to weapons, had stuck to the fantasy theme and left the science fiction out of the story, but they did offer up something different to keep things interesting despite my thoughts on the matter.
Frankly, I am looking forward to the last book. I am anxious to see what happens to the characters and I have a feeling that the next installment will be even grander than the first two.