Jumping into this series in the middle (this is the 2nd book) presented a little challenge at the beginning, but it didn't take too long before I was caught up with the characters and their plight. Now I'm anxious to see how it all resolves. I gave it a 4 instead of a 5 becasue it was a struggle at the start .. the book assumes you already know what has occurred and takes a little extra effort .. worth it but effort .. if you've not read the first installment.
At this point you really understand why the People of the modern age did not know anything about the elves. You also learn what caused the loss of the elven magics a great read.