I finished Epic, and I've spent a while thinking about why I really didn't like it. It's an adventure story, but I didn't get the buildup of tension as I was reading it. It seemed more like they had three different adventures that they completed. For example, in The Knife of Never Letting Go, the kids just kept getting deeper and deeper into more and more problems and the tension built up to the end (where we are left HANGING for the second book, which I wasn't happy about, but that's another story.) In this book, I just kept waiting to see what happened, so that I could get on to my next book. Which I have done . . .