The Pillars of Reality series by Jack Campbell is six books long and took me three weeks to finish, mostly because I was enjoying myself. :) The Dragons of Dorcastle The Hidden Masters of Marandur The Assassins of Altis The Pirates of Pacta Servanda The Servants of the Storm and The Wrath of the Great Guilds
I think I've talked about the sequel series to this one, The Legacy of Dragons, which I discovered several months ago and immediately fell in love with. Due to my experiences with that series, I had certain expectations for this one. The first book and the last did not disappoint. The four books in the middle, though... they kind of did, for various reasons.
First, I loved the concept of these books. The girl who exceeds expectations and hates being seen as "something special" because of all the responsibility that comes with it is forced into a situation where the "specialness" and the responsibility are cranked up to 11 and left there for the last four books.
Second, I laughed my way through most of the first book. The dialogue is witty, snappy, and utterly believable. I can imagine a mature teenager saying these things, because they were the kinds of things I would have wanted to say at that age. (Not that I had the presence of mind to come up with such wit on my own, but I would have liked to.) Rather than presenting me with a "realistic" depiction of a teen who is annoying and a bit dumb, the author gave me a main character that I want to be.
The books in the middle of the series (2-5) didn't enchant me nearly as much, for two main reasons.
1. The main characters seemed to lose some of their development at the beginning of each subsequent book. One of those "two steps forward, one step back" deals, where I felt the characters had forgotten important lessons they'd learned about themselves and each other each time the author needed to write another introduction.
2. A lot of the narrative time is spent in either traversal (moving from Point A to Point B) or in waiting for something to happen. I realize that it's completely literal and that's what the characters were doing, but at points it was as boring for me as it was for the characters.
All in all, I'll give this series... 4 stars. I want to give it 3.5, but I don't have graphics for that.
It was a good series and I enjoyed it, but I don't think I'll read it again.
If you like sci-fi/fantasy like Timothy Zahn's Dragonback series or Anne McCaffrey's Acorna series, then I think you'd like this one. :)