Top critical review
on 23 February 2000
I had great expectation for this series, as it sounded involving and detailed, and it was highly recommended. Unfortunately while it is occasionally exciting, it mostly just plods along and is very predictable. There is no sense of urgency and at every dangerous point it emerges that one of the characters has a unique skill perfectly suited for the situation. The characters are all too good, and so at no point was I remotely concerned for them, and nothing seems to go wrong for them. There are much better fantasy series out there which are at least involving, such as those by Terry Brooks, or the all time master, Tolkein. This series is most suited to children about 12 years old as it has none of the real depth and complexity of proper books, but is sufficiently engaging to read if you are looking for an easy to read, but shallow book.