A great book! I loved it. While the set up is slightly different (more focused on specific characters for longer periods of time) than the first, there is still a focus on the holistic history of the Foundation, which involves large time jumps. Because of the bigger roles the characters played, it was easier to relate to them and connect with them.
I especially liked Bayta's character because she plays an active role in the plot and has an interesting stance in the book. Outsiders regularly note that she is treated "like a man" by her male companions, but she still nurtures and cares for her companions. I like that she is able to embody both masculine and feminine characteristics.
Very good ending that set up the third book nicely.