Someone who did not read/listen to the first book should be able to pick this title up and be able to catch up fairly quickly. Granted, I realize tha..Show More »t one SHOULD read the first book in series before the second, but that's not always feasible. There's so much going on in this book that I as the listener had really no idea what was going on until at least a third way into the book. The author should not assume details are known to the reader. For example, a shocker for me was that throughout 3/4 of the book I thought the main hero Vaarten was a dragon, which turns out he was not. Also put a little more detail into the dragons and their abilities. Are they able to morph between dragon and human form? There were scenes which implied the dragons were in human form.