Been pretty happy with the codex alera books. Lots of war, so that kind of wears on me, but otherwise good characters. The plot has definitely been a wild ride for me. I enjoy the small snippets of romance between the characters, and the quirky humor of the author. However I begin to think that three or four books is the perfect number for a series. I find that I slow down in reading because the ambience of tension and intrigue becomes a bit depressing by book six. I don’t enjoy gory descriptions of fighting, death, or chaos… And I suspect that this series caters to folks who dig those sorts of details. After a which my eyes just gloss over the text and I find myself rereading paragraphs about fighting.