First off, I don't care about the gender or private behavior of the author. In general, I have enjoyed most of the books written by this author under all of the various pen names that I'm aware of. Unfortunately this book just isn't up to the usual standard and I don't recommend it.
The story starts three years after the events of the first book with the main character, Maya, still the Queen's Companion, having taken over much of the non-fighting aspects of the Amazon leadership. However, she still trains like the rest of the Amazon companions, but due to natural disinclination and a late start she's not getting any better and has plateaued as a fighter well below the level of the other Amazons. Because of this she feels like a failure, which becomes central to the story, .
The rest is spoilery.
So this book is one of three things, depending on interpretation.
1. Maya is a super-companion, super-administrator, but is bad at fighting and is incredibly insecure about it. All the people around her have no idea about her insecurity, including her lover, her lover's best friend and her sister as well as a horde of other Amazon warriors she is acting as a Companion to as well as a cohort of other Companions who she has lived and trained with for four years. They obviously know nothing about it because they do nothing to alleviate it, instead choosing to continue a grueling training regime that is pointless (she's not improving), designed to train Amazon warriors (which she'll never be) and wasteful (her time would be better spent on administration where she is already overworked). After being humiliated by a prank that all of her "loved ones" could have stopped easily and no-one is repentant for, Maya's insecurity goes into overdrive and she puts herself into a series of deadly situations that nearly gets herself killed and gets her sister horribly punished as well. The Queen is forced to punish her to stop her self-destructive ways, but does so with the exact same humiliation that started all of this in the first place. Maya grows a backbone for about two minutes and threatens to leave, but everything blows over about two seconds later when she's told that her meager fighting skills are far more meager than she thinks but she really is really respected really. Really. So it's all ok then.
2. Maya is a super-companion, super-administrator, but is bad at fighting and is incredibly insecure about it. All of the people around her know all about it and thinks she's stupid. She's well-loved, but like an over-indulged but useful idiot-savant. Her insecurity doesn't matter, and in fact, the ongoing lack of respect and humiliation should eventually get her to start obeying the orders of her Amazon Warrior superiors like she should have been doing all along. After an increasingly damaging series of events, Maya finally accepts that she'll never be respected by these people and decides she doesn't care because she loves them. The end.
3. Maya is a super-companion, super-administrator, not a great fighter by Amazon standards, but still plenty good and seems to hold up well against the couple of demons she has fought. However, the Amazon Queen is insanely possessive and doesn't want to risk Maya becoming anything but a Companion. So she encourages/orchestrates events to undermine Maya's self-esteem and the respect of the other Amazons. Actions like not intervening when she is being harassed by Warriors who don't like her recruiting strategy or telling her to just accept a humiliating punishment given by another chief and citing political reasons for not stepping in. Later, given a choice between potentially losing Maya as a Companion or exposing Maya to her worst enemy in the Amazon world, she chooses the latter. (If Maya and Malora fight together they're an incredible team as described earlier in the book.) Finally, after humiliating her again and telling her a pack of lies designed to further undermine her confidence in her fighting ability, Maya finally stands up to her and threatens to leave. The other Amazons, including her sister, get her drunk and tell her it's not a lack of respect, it's just that Maya is full of self-pity. Finally, Maya gives up and crawls back to Malora. Malora wins.
Do any of those three sound like something worthwhile reading?