Ritchey and Butler have written a great second novel in The Cunning Man series. I think I'm safe in saying this is the best historical-western-fantasy-horror-mystery series every written. In the second book, we get more of Michael and his struggles and growth in the craft, which is exactly what I and many other readers were hoping for. The storytelling lopes along at fast clip and the authors are never shy about doubling down on the weird. Take deep breath and enjoy.