So, on Goodreads, it’s sometimes hard to avoid going and looking at the reviews for a book you haven’t read yet but plan to. I glanced at a few reviews for Ancillary Sword while I was marking the book as “Currently Reading”, and the general tone seemed to be “not as good as the first” — which I don’t understand. The story is different, smaller, but that rug had already been pulled at the end of the first book. This book moves on quite well all on its own, both building towards the next book and obscuring any idea what that book is going to be like.
After I post this, I’m going to go and pre-order the third book — so I guess that’s pretty high praise, right?