If I had to judge them, this book isn't quite as good as its predecessor. Still, I was more than glad to pick up the Kindle copy to replace the one that is falling apart on my book shelves.
This is a somewhat different type of space opera. It is the kind where a group of people from the civilized worlds finds adventure on a "primitive" world, and many surprises. There are interstellar bad guys, local bad guys who probably aren't all that bad, master weapon-wielders and lots of action.
Dane Marsh, the protagonist of Hunters, is settled on one of the civilized worlds with his surviving lady-love from Hunters at the start of this story. However, soon enough, they are swept off, along with their old pal Aratek, on this adventure.
There are some very poetic sword versus spear scenes and some neat monsters, many great SF adventure ingredients. In the end, when he and his lady are going back to civilization, having learned much and undergone more, Dane reminds me a bit of Oscar Gordon at the end of Robert Heinlein's _Glory Road_ What does the hero do when the dragon is slain?