Union double trouble.
The multiple threads of the other book converge slightly here, as the First of the Magi leads Logen and crew to look for a root solution to their supernatural problem, and Logen's barbarian mates join up with the shambles that is the Union Prince led army, while Glokta tries to hold his city against the Gurkish.
Not quite as funny as the first book, perhaps mainly because there is a lot more fighting and hence less time for sardonic commentary by those that are trying to prevent their limbs and vital organs being removed from their bodies.
The magic and monster part comes out a bit more in this novel as the party journeying with Bayaz gets a bit of background on the political schism between the Magi as they travel.
Abercrombie doesn't disappoint with the end, finishing at a good point as well as throwing a couple of nasty curveballs at the various characters.
Also a cool cover, with the bloodstained parchment of the first looking like it is being slowly smoked, so again, this could double as a good prop.
Definitely good enough to be keen to get to the third book when it comes out.
4 out of 5