Hm. This is the sequel to The Warded Man and it's...very different. Much of it is told in flashback form, giving us the stories behind characters we met in the first book. I'm not a big fan of flashbacks and very nearly set aside the book because of that structure. The story itself is compelling, however--and it draws intriguing parallels to the present-day spread of certain religious fanaticism. It's also a chillingly accurate depiction of human nature. *sigh*
Long story short, I didn't like it as much as I did the first book, but I ended up pushing through and then buying book 3, because I'm really, really hoping there's a semi-happy ending!