I am officially declaring the first draft of Balfrith Book Two, to be done. There are missing scenes, and scenes that need significant re-writing, and possibly even some plot structures that need re-work; but all of those items will be addressed in the next phase of writing.
As of today, I am starting a complete read-through of the draft, something I haven't done up to now. I'm doing some light editing along the way, but mostly at this point I am looking for plot holes, missing themes, and other big-picture items that need fixing. How long that will take... who can say? I don't remember how much time I spent on it with The Hand of Tyr, although at a guess I would say it was over a year.
I don't plan to take that long this time around, of course. As I've said before, having successfully written and published one book, I learned a lot along the way and so this next one should go more quickly. Even if the draft for Book Two took me three months longer than I had planned, it was still quite a bit faster than I did with The Hand of Tyr.
So, the work continues. But I have transitioned from phase one of the project to phase two, which to me feels like a significant step.