I've enjoyed the series as well. Yeah. It suffers from "Drag things out to get more money" syndrome, but at least each book actually focuses on a different thing, with a new threat, and new concepts introduced. Unlike a certain other author who just seems to write the same story every book and just change the names and places... :)
The only negative I really have is that the bad guys just keep escalating. It starts with a "OMG! This bad guy is the worst thing that's ever happened! He must be stopped, or the world will end". Then it's "Ok. Now that you whacked that guy, you've opened the way for an even worse bad guy who will do even worse things to the worled!". Then it's "Oops! You stopped that threat, but now there's an even worser (hehe) threat...". I understand why that's necessary, but it gets just a touch old after awhile. I do think that's more then balanced with good writing and a story that actually moves well. There's enough time spent on the characters for you to understand their motives and their actions, but no so much that you feel yourself snoring, or skipping whole sections. Also, the new threats at least have a logical connection to eachother instead of just being the bad guy of the day. The world is logically laid out, and the actions that occur around the main characters make sense in the context of the world.
Most importantly, it's just a fun read. Sure, the "farmboy/orphan with the great destiny and unique magic" bit has been done a zillion times in both fantasy and sci-fi, but there's enough other stuff in there to make the series a really good read.
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