If it is the point of a book, that having started it you want to finish it, then having read it, you don't want the story and characters to cease. Then by that Benchmark this is a great piece of work. I have my Kindle set to show me what percentage I am through the book I am reading. Valerie is one of those authors where you see that you are, say 52% and you cry because even though it is a long story, I didn't want it to finish and at 52% I was already saddened that I was over half way through what was becoming and now is one of my favourite books. There are no spoilers here, no reference or hint at events. If you read my review considering whether to get this book. Please, please take my advice, do yourself a favour and read it!
From the Inside Flap
"Kobold," he said, quietlyinto the unnatural silence of the wood, mute testimony to the fact that thepredators that had done this still remained somewhere near.
They hadn't reckoned onkobolds. Although there had been reports of something killing down here, they'dthought it was perhaps a young orc or a boggart. So far from the borderlands,it would've been more likely by far to be a rogue bear.
It wasn't the bear that had gonerogue.
Every sense was alert, hiseyes as much on the destruction here as on the least twitch of a branch againstthe breeze.
Around him, the eyes of theother Hunters scanned everywhere, down in the shadows, up into the branches andall around. Bows were strung and arrows were notched against what they couldn'tsee.
"Aye," Colath said, kneelingin the dirt next to a particularly noxious heap of offal and scat. Looking up,he gave Elon a significant look. "More than one."
Elon looked closer, not thathe had any doubts as to true-friend's assessment. The signs were unmistakable.The coldness in his belly spread. Colath, his true-friend, paxman and mosttrusted companion, was vulnerable down there. Especially to kobolds, who ranlow to the ground.
"Kobolds don't travel inpacks. Something's wrong here. Get back in the saddle, Colath, and quickly."