Personally, I think that Hammer Of Witches was very good. I enjoyed all of the cliffhangers, love, hope, adventure, and secrets. Although I do not think that Hammer Of Witches should be in the 8-12 year range. I think that it should more like in the 12+ year range. Because there is some dying, blood, and some talk about torture,very little, but some. So if you are not comfortable with that then I do not recommend Hammer Of Witches to you.