I read this series of books some 25 years ago whilst in the UK, this first book is Donaldson just getting his writing style going. I urge you to work through this as you need it to understand the rest in the series, after this first book the remaining two books in this series soars (better than Lord of the Rings), the second series of three novels just build and build on this first three novels and are epic. Am reading again on kindle as I no longer have paper copies. Recommendation, work through book one then move on to the remaining two books and the second series, you will be well rewarded. Not sure on the later trilogy have not read them.