While I had some reservations regarding the first two books in the series, now that I have read the fifth, any hesitancy I may have had in recommending this series has been dispelled. I can think of only five works that excell or are its equal: The obvious "Lord of the Rings," "The Mists of Avalon," "Chronicles of Thomas Covenant," the ongoing "Wheel of Time," and the current "A Song of Ice and Fire." And, lover's of "The Mists of Avalon" should particularly like this work, as it continues a celtic realm in a somewhat similar vein. You will need to start with the first book, despite its flaws, or you'll find yourself somewhat lost, as was an earlier reviewer, but I believe you'll discover yourself quickly entranced by the world of the Westlands, and find Kerr's realms intriguing and originally rendered. I find her treatment of the Wildfolk particularly engaging.