The first book is an introduction of characters and setting the theme for the continual growth and buildup of momentum as each book flows beautifully into the next. The depth of each book and the added dimension of the spirituality that runs beautifully throughout each book makes them stand apart from the usual fantasy genre. So many wonderful characters, each with their own treacherous journey, making it very difficult to stop reading once you have started. Nice to see lots of different creative creatures as well as dragons,elves and dwarves. These are not the usual short books either, so be prepared for a wonderful journey. I will definitely continue with the series.