I'm so glad you liked The Crown Conspiracy and are looking into getting Avempartha...I think you will definitely be pleased. I agree with you that some fantasy tends to be so dense and heavy that it is difficult to "get behind it". Avempartha, by all rights is where the series starts really revealing what it is all about. The Crown Conspiracy is just an appetiser that hopefully people will enjoy enough to go to the next. I'd love to hear what you think about Avempartha when you get to it.