This is an amazing book thus far, part 2 in a 3 part series... I just picked it up - my friend had left it at my place. I have not read the first of the three, however, this book seems strong enough as a stand-alone that you will make complete sense of the story.
I've burned through 800 of its 1000 pages in less than a week - it's that good.
If you like fantasy, subtle and explicit magic, conniving, plots, faeries and demons, this is an amazing book to give a shot.