This is a book I would probably give 5 stars if I weren’t comparing it to the first book in the series, The Way of Kings. The plot is similarly complex, interesting, and expansive. There is once again great character growth, with personal plots nested within the overall story. The magic and worldbuilding retain their internal consistency. However, while I wouldn’t say this suffered too much from second book syndrome, I did feel as though less happened than in the first book.
More importantly, the first book had more really epic confrontations. I also felt as though the ending of this book trailed off a bit at the end instead of ending with a bang. The narration was still fantastic and by itself this was a great book. It just wasn’t quite as awesome as the first one.