|First Edition:||January 6, 2004|
|Artwork:||Cover art and interior illustrations by Charles Keegan. Cover design by Carol Russo Design. Maps by Ellisa Mitchell. Interior ornament art by Matthew C. Nielson and Ellisa Mitchell.|
Released by Starscape Books (an imprint of Tor Books), The Hunt Begins is the first half of The Great Hunt in oversized paperback format (the second book is New Threads in the Pattern). The books are intended for younger readers, although the text has not been altered.