I love to read and can get very attached to my opinions, but recently I've been learning not to completely lose my head when people disagree with me, so feel safe to argue with me whenever you wish ;)
So concludes Volume II. It's been a hell of a journey and I can't believe I'm almost halfway done with it. Despite this volume being 500 pages, the story still felt seriously short, for all the density of the plot. The pacing flies by literally faster than any book I've ever read in my entire life; some of these subplots could very well be fleshed out into complete novels in their own right. Among the major/famous events in this volume is Liu Bei's recruiting of Zhuge Liang, the Battle of the Red Cliffs, and Liu Bei's conquest of Shu, finally putting into motion the "third" of the Three Kingdoms referred to in the title.
By the way, I love that this edition is divided into 4 volumes. It's like reading a series, and having the next installment right on hand to devour after you're done with each one.