Finished The Confusion just now and am sad. As with many a second installment, it leaves one with loose ends and seemingly intractable dilemmas to gasp over. This is, of course, good for sales of the third and final book. The Baroque Cycle is well worth the slog so far. The ending of this one will certainly haunt me for some time. But I don't want to say any more since these are books worthy of your time. You should experience them for yourself.
After 815 pages and over a month(!) of effort, I need a break. Something lighter now, I think. We'll see.