I adored everything about the first book of this series, but I felt as though the second managed to fall a bit short. It starts off in the present and then each chapter after the first alternates between the past and future. I thought Sherry Thomas did a good job alternating between the two without giving away too much information. I had my suspicions Wintervale was possessed by the Bane, but wasn't ever 100 percent sure.
I probably should have reread "The Burning Sky," but I was a bit too impatient. There were a couple things I couldn't recall from the first book, but it didn't take too long for me to remember. I was a little confused about the whole situation concerning Iolanthe's parents and even thought it was anticlimatic. I was startled Lady Callista wasn't happier to see her daughter. She was actually pretty terrible as a matter of fact. The romance between Iolanthe and Titus was sweet, but didn't make my heart all aflutter. There were a couple times in the first book where I couldn't help giggling like a school girl, but that wasn't the case here.
Overall, I thought this book was somewhat stagnant compared to the first. It ended on quite the cliffhanger though, so I'm looking forward to reading the next in the series. I'm just bummed I have to wait so long for it to come out!