Like the first book in the series, "Well of Darkness," I enjoyed reading it. Overall, it was written somewhat better than the earlier work. Weis/Hickman dropped a lot of the simplistic/childish atmosphere in the first book and wrote this one more for adults (that could be a function of the main characters actually BEING children in the first book). There are several logic holes/disagreements that irritate me about this book. But, they're easily forgiven. Also, the first book tended to portray Good as stupid and Evil as clever. In this book, the authors modified that a bit so that Good was merely weak, but, unfortunately, Evil is both clever and overwhelming. I don't know if that's an improvement or not. I'll have to wait until I finish the third book before I figure that out. If you've read the first book, this one is definitely worth reading, too.