So many readers I know had raved about the Courtney series. I had read some of the later ones, but EVERYONE said When the Lion Feeds, The Sound of Thunder and A Sparrow Falls were the best of the best. I have to agree. I read all 3 books within a couple of weeks and began to feel I knew the Courtneys personally. The writing is so skillful and the descriptions of people and places (especially places) so magnificent and awe inspiring that I literally lived to read these books and when I had finished I actually felt bereft. The greatest compliment I can give any author. Buy these books, lock yourself away and immerse yourself in the incredible penmanship of Wilbur the Great.