Actually I'm on scene four of chapter one, with two more (planned) scenes to go. Though it might need another one or two scenes to finish what I have planned for the chapter. I'm definitely moving faster, more quickly into the conflict, than I did with the Hand of Tyr. Not only is the main conflict presaged in the prologue, but that conflict will touch Balfrith and draw him into it sooner that it did in the first book.
It really is a different story, more adventurous and action packed, than The Hand of Tyr.
Oh yeah, I'm at 6,000 words, too. Moving right along!