I enjoyed the first book, and this one is even better. There are plenty of events and subplots to keep track of, so if you're looking for an immersive, time-consuming read, this might be for you. It has a distinctive Asian flair, and reads sort of like a Final Fantasy story.
My main gripe is that the prose throughout is somewhat flat, borderline lifeless, but I guess the author didn't want to risk losing readers' attention spans by making the prose too dense or stylistic. I wasn't expecting life-changing, breathtaking prose à la Gormenghast, anyway. Readers have to finish the book to like it, don't they?