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Awesome! The story takes some unexpected twists and turns and gets better and better. My niggling doubt... we gave this trilogy to a 3rd-grader who is a very advanced reader, sure it would engage her. But there are a couple of passages (not even that... sentence fragments) which are clearly 3rd-grade inappropriate (sexual), and better introduced (in my mind) in the 7-9th grade range. They pass fast, aren't critical to the plot, but I'd have a hard time having a conversation about them with one so young. Take out those 20 +/- words, and this continues to be a gem of a series, on par with Lord of the Rings for a younger set. This volume is the shortest of the 3, and introduces key characters and clarifies the plot -- now we know a lot more about what the heck is going on... but treachery and confusion abound!