I'm so happy that this series was recommended to me by a colleague. We have similar tastes and I usually trust her judgement but this time especially, I'm glad I didn't give into my fear of zombies and keep away from this. I love the way Gareth Nix writes. He ropes you in with hints and glimpses and fantastic description. I wasn't sure where the story would lead on from book one, Sabriel, but I was pleasantly surprised. And yes, I was as petrified as I was in book one. Necromancers are pretty scary people and I'm a wimp. On to book three!