I don't know what it is about this series, but I love it. After I read "The Restorer," I couldn't think of anything else. So I picked up "The Abandoned" and it was just as good as "The Restorer." You don't even need to read the pre-quel first. In fact, I found it more interesting to read it after I read the first book because you find out a lot of things. The writing is just beautiful, it draws me in like a siren's song. I loved it, and I can't wait to see what happens next.