The first was an adventure coming of age story and it is and I think it will always be a classic. This book takes a sharp turn in tone and even to a degree subject. It's a lot of the same characters, Heart's Blood is very much apart of the story but it is more than a year later almost 2 years. Jakkin has been changing and his focus has been even more focused on the dragons. He hasn't heard anything from Akki in months until he gets a message that she needs help. This book could almost and I emphasize almost be read separate from the first but don't. A great deal of this book has more to do with the planet's and society's history and the current society than Sarakkan's Farm or major interaction with Heart's Blood. So keep this in mind while reading it.