While fairly engaging, this book simply did not live up to the expectations made by Angelfall. For the first half, Raffe and Penryn are separated, which does create an element of suspense, but it gets old quickly. (Not to mention that the reunion didn't really seem worth it anyway) The book tries to be so intense the whole way through that when the climax actually appears, it isn't really, well, climactic.
The ending was satisfying, but does not make up for the sluggish way that I read through the first three quarters. Let's hope that the next one is better!