This is book #2 of the Queen of the Orcs series and is slightly less dark as the first book. Dar and Kath-Mah become closer although there's really no hope of them ending up together. There's a confrontation rather than a battle between the Orcs and King Kregant, but this ends without a lot of bloodshed. The ending is a cliffhanger but not a horrible one that leaves you screaming. I've ordered book #3 from the library. Great book/series.