Unlike the first book (The Raven Boys), this sequel is very much Ronan's story. It's obvious from the title - for anyone who remembers the last lines of the previous book. And it's great to get a much deeper glimpse into Ronan and his family, and where they all came from. However, the story also continues Gansey's and Adam's storylines, and Blue along with her crazy household of psychic family and friends plays a big role. Actually, one thing I really like about this book is that we finally get to see Gansey in his "native habitat" for the first time as well as Ronan.
While this is a lengthy book, it just flies by, even the audio version where you can't skim over any passages. But of course I didn't want to. Stiefvater is one of my favorite authors in terms of her wonderful, lyrical prose, her tongue-in-cheek humor and characters that are no only well-rounded but positively spherical.
Like the first book, this one wraps up its own plot neatly before turning to a neat cliffhanger in the final lines. And the cliffhanger isn't an annoying "you have to wait until the next book, folks" trick, but rather a glimpse of the direction for the next book. (Yeah, you do have to wait until the next book to find out what happens to the relevant characters, but seriously, who wasn't going to read the next book anyway???)
I'm hoping Stiefvater quickly gives us the next book and then goes back and finishes the Lament series so I can find out what happens in the end of that one too. Keep writing, Maggie. Your fans want more!!!