This was a little bit better than the first. I'm so intrigued where all this is going. It seems like all the major characters are intertwined somehow, but how and why?? I mean how did Luisa Lopez get mixed up in this? It almost seems like the Brethren wanted Alexandra dead before she even became Kyn, and they've been setting up John since the beginning of his priesthood. Freaky that such horrible people can hide behind religion. And such bizarre things happen. All of the Kyn "gifts" are interesting. The one thing I'm not liking about these books so far is how quickly things come together in the end. But the love stories are sweet, the suspense is good, the mystery is growing. I have to continue!