This game, like its prequel, is a word game with RPG elements, and it's a whole lot of fun. You work with a grid of 16 letters, trying to form the best possible words out of the letters. The game's very Scrabble-esque. Powerups, bonus words, and other factors keep the game interesting. The game has a fun story that weaves through classic literature.
It's challenging, but this is one game that I had a hard time putting down until I finished it. I think it's definitely worth it for $10. (I think I got it for $20 when it came out, and I was happy with it at that price.)
There's not much of a difference between Volume 2 and Volume 1. If you liked one, get the other. There's no real need to play Volume 1 first.