Gods are unmasked and revolution foments as Wolfe continues to follow Patera Silk. Skillfully, Wolfe unfolds the mysteries behind the Whorl. The self-restraint pays off because the story maintains suspense as the book ends. Impressive imagination does not overwhelm the characters and I find it hard to cast aside the fortunes of Silk and his rabble. It’s hard to get a grasp on my overall impression of the story because both the first and second (this book) seem much more like contributing sections of a whole rather than plots with independent identities.