As good a read for gaming reasons as for historical and informative reasons. Like the first Castle Builder volume: Strongholds, this goes into good detail about the real reasons for these buildings and how to transfer that into a game setting. I'm not a huge history buff, but I like a good realistic read and this gave good details without getting boring or too techie. As a player since 1st edition I always liked making my character's stronghold once they were high enough level, but never had any good source to help design them realistically, defensible and serviceable. This book is perfect for the new lord or lady or otherdy that wants to setup some good diggs for themselves an their followers, without it having to be an all brick and mortar castle. If you are looking for a superb castle I would suggest checking out volume 1. One thing to note is that because this is mainly used for gaming purposes where a 5'-square is the standard unit of measure, some of the scale of the buildings may seem a bit large by real standards, but a 20' x 20' room is only 16 tiles and rather cozy. Over all a good suppliment and good read, looking forward to the next ones!
[5 of 5 Stars!]