Journeyed there and back again
My first shot at this, but going by what others have done, a professional review is not expected. The first book of the Grim Company series, interestingly titled Grim Company, was relatively well received, with many reviewers comparing the writing favorably to Abercrombie. The sequel continues that style, and the story grows a lot in scope and complexity. The characters from the first book are fleshed out a lot more, especially the star Brodar Kayne, The Sword of the North. Everyone is back in this one except for the ones who died in the first, although dying and coming back does seem to be catching. Not only are new aspects to the story introduced but new places are as well. It's as bloody and action-packed as the first, and is definitely as dark. If you liked Grim Company, you will like this, although it does suffer from second book in a series syndrome, and the author mentions in the afterword that this book was very hard for him to write and took a long time to do so. It's uneven but redeemed by the expansion of the story.