While I enjoyed the first volume (The Pox Party), the second, The Kingdom on the Waves, wore me out. It wasn't so much an issue of the language, although a couple of letters (not by Octavian) I had
to skip over, the broken language being a bit too much for bedtime reading. I reckon it was the focus on the war and the fighting, which I didn't really care for. Yes, Octavian discovers more about himself, his heritage and background, but I wanted it all to end asap. And so with too many books and too little time, I retired from reading Octavian Nothing. And moved onto something far more entertaining, Shannon Hale's The Goose Girl.