I read the first two books in the series and I liked them. The magic system was a little too expansive, and ill defined. The story line was really nice, with all the different moving parts coming together. Some of the talents made for very interesting scenes. I thought the main character was a little overpowered in many situations, as well as petulant to almost any authority figure. This was especially annoying when he kept saying how loyal and respectful he was since he was raised by the monks. I look forward to the continuation of the series.