This volume was much more polished than the first, and it's very clear that Neil Gaiman found his sea legs with serial work. The volume ran the gamut of beautiful and wistful to ominous and dark.
I'm a little sad to say that there was less mythology in this volume than the last, but in its place Gaiman threw in a very interesting slew of history references. He never fails to spice his works in interesting ways.
I do highly recommend this, it's much more accessible than the first volume, but the reader will also understand less without the first volume.
For my money, I still like the first volume a little bit more. But not by much.