I have no idea what was going on in this book. I didn't read the first in the series, so maybe that's why I was confused. Although, I'm not sure reading of the first book was required. I made it to 19% and just could not get in to it. One character would ask a question or make a comment and there would be two pages of info dumping before the second character would respond. I couldn't remember what the hell the first character said and would have to go back and re-read before the second character's response made sense. Maybe it gets a lot better based on the good reviews I based my purchase on, but I won't be finding out. I returned it for a refund.