This is my first contact with this author and I consider this meeting to be quite successful, but I'm not particularly impressed.
I don’t know what exactly happened, usually I like stories about young people, their adventures and the power of friendship, I like when the main character has a cool short and concise name, like Will, Finn, Todd, Ben, etc. And when his weapon is a bow... (I have a weakness for archers), in addition he is smart, resourceful, courageous and talented... what more can I want? But comparing this book to all that I've read before, seemed to me a little too much geared towards young readers, and the main character isn’t so young. I felt no higher sympathy for any of the characters. In addition, the first 100 pages dragged mercilessly, and learned from them the same thing as I read in the description on the back of the book, so zero surprise. Later, when there is a horse, the action getting started, while hunting accompany us real emotions. And almost till the end is just better, including a surprising epilogue, maybe with the exception that the master Halt, knowing very well the weakness of the enemy, he doesn’t came up with the idea of some kind of ambush, and generally this fight ends up pretty stupid.
I will definitely read more volumes, scares me a little their amount, so I probably will not read this whole saga as soon as I assumed. I always hope that history, especially voluminous gets started and at some point I feel it. And definitely this is a position that I’m in the initial order, in addition to Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia, His Dark Materials, I can recommend in the future my adolescent son (daughter not necessarily).