Hello! Thank you for your incredible praise! I'm so glad that you enjoyed the story. Why is it free? Well, the book had been on sale for more than a year with very little success. I experimented with different prices, but once I had a second and third entry finished, I took the advice offered by several other indie authors and made the introductory book to the series free. I don't regret the decision for an instant. Not only has it earned me new readers who were justifiably nervous about investing both time and money into a new author, but the other books I've written have begun to earn money as well. I've been rolling the earnings back into the series, including the new covers for the trilogy and, you'll be happy to know, a revision of this book by a professional editor. The other books haven't been to a professional yet, but my friend and I re-read them and made dozens of corrections each a few weeks ago. I'll admit the title is a bit weak. The titles tend to be the last thing I come up with, and producing evocative names is one of the parts of the publishing process that I haven't quite got the hang of.
Thanks for reading!