The Riven Kingdom is the second book in Karen Miller's "Godspeaker" trilogy. It focuses on new characters before it blends in with the old. Princess Rhian is quickly an orphan, left in the vile clutches of Prolate Marlan as a ward of the church. Marlan is fixed on having Rhian marry his idiot nephew, thus ensuring Marlan to become the real brains behind the kingdom. But Rhian was brought up alongside her father's knee, and will do whatever it takes to protect herself and her kingdom from the Prolate's machinations. Meanwhile, a simple toymaker is about to become the kingdom's greatest protector (albeit in a support capacity) not only against conniving men but also against the growing Mijak threat.
I thought the sequel was as well done as the first book and would recommend this series.