Book #2 in the Mirage Makers series is the usual good stuff from Glenda Larke, but it is in some ways a very different book to its predecessor. I’ve probably made this point before, but it is worth making again. There’s a lot of cross-over between science fiction and fantasy readers, but not everyone reads for the same thing. When science fiction readers read fantasy what they are often looking for is an experience of something new and different, just like they get from SF. Fantasy often gives them that. But I have seen a number of cases of trilogies (and this seems to be one) where the author does all of the revealing of the world in book #1, and the subsequent books are just more plot set in the same world. If you don’t see the problem with that, consider a mystery trilogy in which the murder is solved in book #1 and books #2 and #3 tell what happened to the characters afterwards. For some people that will be fine, for others, not so much.