Oct 13 2017, started this today, and I am finding it captivating. However, I too am having trouble keeping track of the characters. The names are just too alien for me. .............Oct 14 I am on page 80 and looking forward to getting back to it........Oct 27 2017, I lost interest in this book in the middle, but kept reading. The last 30 pages had me hooked again. Hmmm....not sure whether to continue this saga.......maybe later after I clear a few more books from my basement shelves......oh, I just read the comments on the second book, they are fairly enthusiastic.....maybe I'll pick the second one up a little sooner, before I lose the thread of the story, and have to read the first one again.....something I don't want to do!