These books aimed at teens and younger adults also impact those of us who are older. Overall very well written with just the occasional wording lapse. Exciting, easy to read with many twists and turns that make me want to keep reading the series rapidly. One frustrating point for me is the fact that the dwarves do not deal with - because of their current esteemed position - a rotten traitorous leader. Would this happen in real life? Well it does - doesn't it! This series also shows that pride, selfishness, secret keeping and distrust cause many to miss opportunities of mutually beneficial partnerships and collaboration.