I found out about this series after the show, Legend of the Seeker, came out. I thought the television series brilliant, and wanted to read the books upon which the series was based.That being said, this was a great book that blew the television series out of the water. Long as hell, but great nonetheless. The characters were awesome and the story was surprisingly fast paced.I don't want to give too much away, but I will say that this is the most graphic fantasy novel I have ever read. Steer clear of it if you are squeamish or sensitive to subjects like brainwashing, pedophilia, and rape.