This is a fun collection of short stories about Amaranthe, Sicarius, and the gang. "Ice Cracker II" as a title for the collection is misleading, as it is not actually the followup to an "Ice Cracker I," but the name of a ship. In addition to being light reads, the stories are satisfying in that they each have a complete beginning-middle-end, and don't leave you scratching your head and wondering what happened to the rest of the story when you reach the end(s). Each continues to develop the characters across the board, and give delightful tidbits about their inner workings. As in The Emperor's Edge, there is never a dull moment.