5/9/11 ** It was good - not as compelling as the first in the series, Eagle of the Ninth
, though. I never did figure out the character who had the Silver Branch. I did enjoy the two main characters. One thing odd, though was the perspective. Generally the character who is the main character and from whose point of view the book is written is more dominant. In this case though, the perspective character, Justin, often was back-stage to his friend and cousin, (can't remember the name). Justin was often good natured about this, saying that he expected his friend to take the lead in social situtions.