An interesting start to a fantasy series. I like the mercenary band. The mix of personality traits, flaws, and skills is interesting, and fun to read. I liked the idea of a flawed group of adventurers out for money rather than the standard merry band of men out for honor, and glory. I will admit fantasy is my absolute favorite genre, and this played to many of my favorite parts of the genre. The story line is compelling, but the ending felt a bit rushed, and anti-climatic. Some things were dealt with a little too neatly, and some questions were left a bit too unanswered. The ending itself felt very abrupt, and cut off, and it would be nice to have had a more natural conclusion.