Top critical review
Good story offset by bad characters
Reviewed in the United States on February 26, 2020
I debated between 3 stars and 4 stars.
I like reading about the big world, but sometimes it seems like the characters just move about from place to place just so the author can show off the big world that he created. I imagine every location will have been visited by the time the entire series concludes.
The story picked up in the second half of the book when some of the various storylines started to converge and characters reunited, which was fun.
My biggest frustration continues to be with the characters. Many are written as shallow stereotypes that act immaturely. The women characters are frustrating, and the author does not write the romance sections very well. And there is something weird about women sitting on men's knees... very odd, but it is all over the place.
Overall, this is a very conflicting series. I would not recommend it to others unless they were diehard fans of the genre. The immature characters might be better appreciated by a Young Adult audience. But I am going to continue reading because I want to see where the story goes, and because this is such a well-recognized staple of the genre that I feel obligated to finish it up. And I'm looking forward to where Brandon Sanderson takes over, because I want to read his books next.