An excellent second installment of this intricately plotted fantasy series. Sonny learns more about the strange world into which he has been thrust. He finds consolation in the company of Raeder, the man that Sonny accidently burnt with his power. Some great world building and engaging characters in this novel.
"This is completely new to me. I don't know what the hell I'm doing here, in a castle! I don't know why they won't really let me leave. I don't know why I'm sick all the time, or why I'm seeing ghosts and things that chase me at night. Not really. Or what they expect me to do about Dastas or the spots on the children. I don't know for myself."