This was a bit slower than book 1, it took a little bit of time to really take off. Once it did, oh boy. I really, really didn't want Adele to marry Senator Clark (I didn't like him and he didn't respect Adele or her abilities) and I was happy with the resolution. I love, love how Greyfriar had no problem deferring and taking orders from Adele. He was quietly supportive. Awesome villain(s) (some that I knew, others that I wondered about, and the surprises).
Looking forward to book 3 (The Kingmakers), strongly considering pre-ordering book 4 (yes, there is a 4th book listed!)