I've been playing the video games and watching the movies based on these novels for over 20 years. It's fantastic to be able to finally get the whole thing. The writing is obviously dated as it was written hundreds of years ago, in the 14th century, but you can't hold that against it. It's still clear and poetic and the translation feels very authentic.
What drew me into this mythos was how little it's permeated the Western World. This is a huge story--maybe equivalent to how the West views Rome--and basically unknown. It's certainly not taught in schools that I've heard. And it's fascinating and deep and amazing.
I have the 2nd book on the shelf. Can't wait to dig in.