After reading all the outstanding reviews, with some poor ones mixed in, which you seem to find even on the top authors sites, I decided to give this first book of the series a try. I am thrilled I took the chance. Has to be one of the best stories I've come across in a good many years. As another review stated, the prologue is way too long, but is being edited for the Second Edition according to Twitter. I did not have any problem whatsoever with the chapter on the witch hunts, but, to each their own, and, yes according to Twitter, the authors are taking that section out. I too was much surprised to learn that the authors have never written before. This series is simply outstanding and leaves you wanting more. I only signed up with Smashwords to leave the review on book one since I love it so much, and, since I've now read book two twice, will leave a review for that as well. I've learned that many teaches in schools across the country, are reading this series to their younger students. I've read the first two books to my three children and they love the story. All I can say is, get this series or the Second Edition when it comes out, you will not be disappointed.
Book two is awesome! Loved it even more than book one, and would not have thought that possible. Book two starts right off with action and picks up where book one left off, after the battle against wizards an gigantic spiders. I was left breathless at the end of book one, and found myself holding my breath and heart pounding within the first couple of chapters of book two. I can't say enough about this series. I hope they make this into a move, soon! I was actually lost in the story, feeling that I was right there with Amanda, Thian, Tia, Tianna and of course, little Sadie. I had read on the authors blog about how Glenn came up with the story, how he writes and how his characters sometimes, simply walk into the scene, like little Sadie did, when he had no previous knowledge of them. Glenn and Sasha are very creative, and I'll be reading every novel they produce. According to their blog and what I've read on Twitter, they have several other novels in the works. Can't wait. If you've read book one, you have got to read this book two. Wow!