On The Black Company... its very pared to the bone. There's the story in front of you and not a whole lot of description or explanation. Don't know if that helps you Jaden. I can't say I enjoyed it hugely myself, but its a series I'd recommend to every fantasy fan providing that a) you're paying little but time to find out whether you like it b) it doesn't trip a red flag. Non-sprawling Epics... the Belgariad is pretty tight.