Same here as far as beginning to enjoy the story with the second book. It explains some things. I am glad that I bought the trilogy for a decent price. I figured at the time that I might as well get all three of them. The first one wasn't so great at all as far as I'm concerned. I even did not want to keep reading the first book at all but I did. I'm glad I finished it and am on to reading the second. And then I'll read the third book.
"It is what it is, it's not what it was, it's not what it could have been, it is what it is."
Charcot-Marie-Tooth Syndrome (CMT) The Curse.