I started with Mist on the water years ago and now after having read all the Aelf Fen books I have finally got round to reading this one (Book 1).
I hadn't missed much by starting with book 2 and Lassair is a year older and the action is more suitable for her age. In this book I think she is very young for the things she had to do. I know there is very much more to her than meets the eye which comes out in later books but in this she is 'punching above her weight' as another reviewer has said.
Leaving all the above aside, I think this series is wonderful and just gets better as Lassair becomes older and more experienced. This is a very unusual time period in which to set an historical novel (the Conqueror's son William Rufus is king, circa 1088) and the Fens give a magical (in more than one way) setting for the story.
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