I read this series first at the age of 12 in a German translation and loved it. Now I started to reread it in English.
It's astonishing how little actually happens here, considering all the stuff that is going to happen in the following installments. In part 1 there's a lot of going somewhere, being discovered, then turning somewhere else, fleeing, etc. Not that it was boring or anything. I liked it okay. And then came part 2 with a little more politics involved, which was better. Eddings seems to have been quite pessimistic about loyalty. His books are full of intrigues and corruption. As far as I'm concerned, that's a great thing. It spices things up a lot.