I appreciate the compliments very muchly!
In regards to the tutorial; Speaking to NPC's within the world of magic is actually supposed to serve as the tutorial for the game. The King, Princess and Loremaster give you a pretty good starting point where to look (including directing you to the library!), as well as the various NPC Villagers located within and outside the castle!
I just hope for those who are finding the start difficult know that they can talk to the NPC's!