I enjoyed this book a lot. I've read several of the books later in the series and it was nice to know how it all began. On the down side, I thought the book dragged in spots with nothing happening to move the story along. I understood how frightened he was and didn't need to hear it over and over. But that said, it's well worth reading if you like this series or if you've never read anything in the series, what better place to start than in the beginning.