a great series to read. would recommend smart with the first book as every thing would more sense as well as it being a great book. I have re-read this book about 5 times still enjoy this book like the first time. continues Garth's adventures as the first mage in 200ish years with all the responsibilities of one with great power.
Lovely touches of humour make this whole set of books endearing, and although they do not have the same dark feeling as J K Rowling's, like hers they make good crossover books for teens and young adults.