This book picks up 3 months after the end of the first book. The book started out with a mystery almost immediately. All of my favorite characters from the last book are in this one with the addition of a few more as the story progresses. Lots of "steam punk" type contraptions too. All in all it was a entertaining read. I'm not too sure about the ending of the book... makes me think that the next book may be slightly depressing. I guess things were just going too well and the author thought to shake it up a bit. To prevent spoilers I won't say anything else.