It's basically a character romp, with the disillusioned retired sheriff, the loveable rogue, the tougher-than-she-looks society girl, and the wastrel scion of a rich family. (Not necessarily four different people). Oh, and the bad guys. And some leftover gods from the first trilogy, although they're almost completely offstage. Anyhow -- things get stolen, plots get plotted, fights get fought. It looks like Sanderson is planning a trilogy in their setting, but it also feels lighter-weight and faster-paced than the first trilogy. Which is fine.