I couldn't finish it. What made this series so great at the beginning was the premise: an alternate, contemporary history filled with aces and jokers. It became a soap opera couched in a classic fantasy story with too few characters, none of which really had true dimension, lazily winding their way down the "fated last battle" story arc we've all read a gazillion times. It got so bad that I was finding websites to waste time at rather than dig my ereader out of my backpack, and that's BAD. I've got hundreds of books to read and there is no prize at the end of this series. I give up, and I'm moving on to better books.