Reason for Reading: Next in the series.
An enjoyable follow-up to the first book in this series. The main plot centres around our group of heroes as they continue on their journey and quest to find the second piece of the Spark. Everyone from Book One appears in this volume, both good and evil characters, with the inclusion of a few more characters joining them in the quest, possibly temporarily for this book only. I enjoyed the new characters and continue to love all the regulars in this series. The plot was fun, exciting and full of dangers. Characters are developing especially the leader Tom, and the warrior priest from the Veni Yan, Randolph. I enjoy character driven books, and while this is more plot-driven, the characters personalities and motives are also quite important to the plot.
My only complaint is that there is not much, if any, lead-in to this book to refresh your memory of 2011's book one; so it did take me a few chapters to get into the story and start remembering who was who and what was what. Also, I'm pretty sure I said this in my review of book one but there are not nearly enough illustrations by Jeff Smith. One per chapter on the most part. More illustrations would be gladly welcomed by Jeff Smith.