This is the first book in a series with a totally new take on the old fairy tales. It is a great introduction to this series. We slowly learn why the Fables are living in secret in New York. The annual celebration begins with a reading that details their struggle with the adversary, and provides a neat way of telling us what the larger issues facing the Fables are. There is also refereces to the farm where Fables that do not pass as normal must stay.
The world building is excellent while still giving us an engaging hook in the Rose Red mystery. I also really enjoy the blending of myths and tales in this series. It is well balanced between the new version of the tales while still acknowledging, and often in a humorous way, the original versions of the stories we know and love. The Fables series is really well done, and is on My Favorite Books list.
If you enjoy fairy tales, I highly recommend reading the Fables series.