I gave up on page 65, after two non-scenes, in which two characters ruminate on their situation while very little action happens around them. What action happens is barely narrated, and only serves as punctuation for the characters to ruminate about their crappy situation (which sounded interesting on the back jacket), mostly in first-person italics. It is repetitive, redundant, and repetitive, almost to the point of saying things twice, or three times. There is very little psychological depth.
I was disappointed because I wanted to get the idea of Mercedes Lackey's content, i.e. the “magic system” of Valdemar and I was excited to find book 1 of a series for free. But, this book spends 1.5 really long chapters on back-story and nothing happens. Chapter 1 is over forty pages long, and all that happens is a kid runs out on his master and cries in a tree. Don't waste your time.