This book is about a guy who turns into a big golden thunderbird and a (soon-to-be) faery queen falling in love, so obviously it's AMAZING. Seriously though, this worked for me where sequels that follow tangential characters from the previous book usually don't because the protagonist of this novel had such completely different relationships with and opinions about characters from the first book than the protagonist of that one did. There's a lady who animorphs into a harpy, and the chick in the previous book HATED her, but she's one of the best friends of the lady in this book. Lotsa stuff like that. Fun fun fun.