This was a solid follow-up that continues to have the most interesting inquisitorial characters outside of Dan Abnett's books. Inquisitor Crowl represents an element of the Inquisition not often seen: an inquisitor introduced when they're already nearing the end of their career. He has a long string of allies made and lost, victories won and defeats suffered - all in the past, and largely beyond the reader's sight and knowledge outside of their remaining consequences. That could have been frustrating, but it felt like such a core, necessary element of the character and how he's represented that I really didn't mind (though I'd certainly still be interested to learn more, if that comes up in future). It really gives something of an elegiac air to the character that seemed very fitting.
Spinoza by contrast remains something of a blunt instrument as always, but watching her grapple with the challenges she's encountering to her simple, clear-cut perspective was still interesting. In particular, there's a pretty brutal sequence in sort of the late middle of the book (it wraps up just before the start of what leads into the climax) that culminates in the necessity of making an awful choice. The author did a really good job of highlighting the costs and consequence of something that from the reader's perspective could have felt too easy to carry the weight that it needed to in the story. As it is, when it seems like it's left a mark on our viewpoint characters you can actually feel why it would.
Also, Niir Khazad survived the last book (no spoilers as to whether the same is true here, mwahaha), which was a solid HECK YEAH for me right there. So definitely very much recommended overall.
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