4.5 stars. Definitely stronger than the first one. I love how we get to see Joss in action after his summer of training. He becomes a bit more confident and that's a good trait on him. He's a great character, the layering of his confidence as a slayer and his insecurity as a 14 year old boy is so intricate, it's captivating. Excellent plot and resolution. Even better seeds planted for the next book.