I look for reasons not to give books five stars, because it's not something I want to hand out to just anything, even if I like it. Five stars means the book has something special. This book has something special.I really liked the first book in the series, God's War, but I struggled a bit with some of the characters. I don't know what was different this time, whether they were written with more dimensions that allowed me to empathize with them, or whether the change was in me. Whichever it was, I really connected with this book. It had all of the fascinating worldbuilding and plotting of the first book, and it is as harsh and ferocious and wonderful, with that little something more.