I read the first book around 5 years ago and loved it. Having read this, I know why it took me 5 years to pick up the sequel. This had a lot to live up to and I was disappointed.
I thought the start was slow and it took me a long time to get into this. It did pick up about 2/3 of the way through, but too late for me. The plot is similar to the first (Penryn has to find Paige/things happen) but minus Raffe (for a good chunk).