This book was such a disappointment to me. I had high expectations for this new series, the world is intriguing, but there is too much going on, the action is too spread out, and there are way too many characters involved. My head positively spins trying to keep track of everything.The first book was bad enough, but in this one, the action is so split that I found it hard to keep track of where everyone is. Even harder is keeping track of WHO everyone is. From the enemies to the enemies-turned-friends, to friends, to friends' friends and family...my god, for me, it was like memorizing every single muscle for an anatomy exam. I couldn't keep track of everyone. The action moved between one POV to the next, and I had trouble just focusing. This is also a subjective thing, but there's too much politics and grand scale warfare plotting for my enjoyment. I really enjoyed the new world in this series and the magical system, and I would have liked more of that instead of an overly complicated plot.Too much, just too much of everything, this wasn't a relaxing read.