Superb sequel to Blood Ties, Deep Water takes the trilogy to another level by delving in the mysteries of the richly imagined Eleven Domains.
We follow our heroes Ash, Martine, Bramble, Leof as well as seeing vignettes from occasional characters that add to the rich woven tapestry.
Bramble witnesses the past and the life of Acton, Ash needs to find his true image in the secret Deep that is open only to Traveler men and get the secret spells to help stop Saker, Martine follows Safred the prophetess as well as delving deeper in the Traveler's women secrets, while Leof struggles to balance his sense of right with loyalty to the Warlord Thegan.
The book ends as the first one at a natural stopping point setting the stage for the grand finale in Full Circle.
Beautiful prose and well rendered characters, A+ world building and intricate plot make this a great fantasy.
Highly, highly recommended.