3.5/5; 4 stars; B+This is the first book in the series and I, unfortunately, read it second. It kind of ruined some of the mystery and surprise. However, after a slow start, it was a good quest/adventure story and I really enjoyed the development of the characters and their relationships. The way the Gods were handled and the interjection of the folktales into the story was smoothly done. I liked it and am looking forward to the rest of the series.