I've thoroughly enjoyed this collection. While few of the books relate to each other, if you intend on reading them, then I suggest you start with Book 1 in the series. Its about the background of whats going on. I've been lost trying to find out whos who! I read Stormblade first... great book btw. I'd have to say so far... that Grallen from The Gates of Thorbardin has been my fav. I guess you've noticed thats my name atm... although its changing to Thorin soon. Anyone else read this set?