This is a wonderful second book in a series that can easily stand on its own. Nadya Skylung starts this imaginative fantasy dealing with live in a cloud ship without most of one leg (spoiler: it was lost in a battle in the last book). It's hard, but she's not someone ever willing to slow down and brood, and that keeps her spirits up and focused, though it challenges her relationship with Pepper, her best friend. Always fast-paced, this story deals with the problems that two close friends will inevitably have when one of their lives changes, all against the backdrop of a mystery, a truly evil villain, and a race to save kidnapped children. A worthy read.