BG II: Shadow of Amn has been the #1 selling PC strategy guide since its release in 2000. This new full color guide gives extreamly detailed maps, codes and the new levels of the expansion pack.
It appears I was gravely mistaken.
This guide is essentially a couple of dozen pages of new material describing the critical walkthrough for Throne of Bhaal sandwiched between what is essentially a reprint of the same material as the Shadows of Amn guide on character creation(with a small addenum telling you to look in the manual for details on the Wild Mage) and the character listing, item list, enemy list, and cheat pages that are for the most part unchanged. The character listing, of the four sections in the back end of the guide is the most severely changed. Here the Versus staff give us a few words about the usefulness of the assorted NPC's that can join your party to help you complete the game. Of these character reviews, I found very little to be happy about. They essentially complain about the characters in a way that makes them appear utterly useless in completing the game. While there are a couple of positive statements, they complain about the limitations of the NPC's attributes to make most of them seem worthless and that there is only one special way to complete the game. The creature listing is actually quite good and I will say that I did like the details presented in it in the Shadows of Amn guide as well. The item list, however, has enough typos and mistakes to be a serious impediment to your understanding the items listed.
Finally, while I am playing Throne of Bhaal, I am playing Shadows of Amn from a fresh beginning to access some of the supposed "newly accessible" areas of the game available early on in SoA. The guide does not discuss them. Period. The failure of Versus to effectively describe side-quests is what makes this book and the previous guide a total failure in my opinion....