First books in trilogies are so much fun. There's world building and intrigue and moving towards some giant battle. Then book two comes along and all too often, it's just filler to book three. There isn't a strong stand along goal that makes that book satisfying on its own merits. (Once again, let's just bow down to Rowling who did it brilliantly SEVEN times!)But Unwholly avoided that trap. All of the characters, old and new are handled well. They each have very strong, sympathetic goals, and what's more each of them stands in opposition to at least one other character. That's great because it means that instead of the story playing in the realm of black and white, everything is shades of grey. We may have our favorites who we want to "win" but we can't discount their nemeses out of hand, either. And then, there is just enough of a cliffhanger to leave the reader, well, me anyways, wanting more.Can't wait to see where this series ends up.