Had a blast playing this and can't wait to play it again.
It started a bit slowly as the PFS NPC guiding our group explained a number of dangers that Pathfinders might encounter. It's a lot of exposition at the beginning of the scenario, but it's good information, especially for players new to PFS.
Hint: players, listen to her and do what she suggests!
Thankfully, I took her advice and bought some alchemist's fire before heading to the tunnels. For some reason, I wasn't expecting a swarm at level 1.
The encounters were of moderate difficulty for level 1 characters. In the second encounter, my level 1 swashbuckler was reduced to one hit point, but survived. I believe that was the only serious damage our party took.
When we saw the minotaur near the beginning of the encounter, I didn't think we could handle him. When he appeared later with a broken weapon, I realized that we might have a chance against him. As our paladin scored a critical against him, all I could say was "Holy Cow!" (get it... 'holy'... 'cow'? Well, it was funny to my swashbuckler. At least I didn't call him a 'bum steer'). The minotaur was a good way to put a scare into us and give us a chance act heroically by running to the NPC's rescue, even though the danger was less than expected.
Overall, this was a great introduction to Pathfinder Society; fun, informative and not too dangerous. I haven't read the scenario, but I'm told there's a mechanic allowing it to provide a different experience when replayed. I'm ready for another run.
This has to be the worst PFS scenario that I've played.
Two rounds into the first encounter, three members of our five-person group were dead, including me, a level 7 fighter. Once the creature appeared, there was basically no chance for our group to escape.
After that first battle, I refused to attempt finishing the scenario. If the first encounter is a monster that can slaughter our party in two rounds, what might we face in the second and third encounters? I was really looking forward to playing this scenario, but raise dead and restoration spells are expensive.
After searching for other reviews of this scenario, I've read that the author intended for the creature to spawn 100 feet from the party, not right next to the party. I think that change would make a huge difference in a party's ability to survive.
Nonetheless, the setup was great and I loved the tie-ins to the Queen of Thorns novel.