This is definitely my fav series by Misty, tho I prefer her earlier books. My fav trilogy is still The Last Herald-Mage, closely follwed by the Queen's Arrow trilogy. I'm glad to hear that she's coming out with 2 more books set in that world.
Actually, the first book I read was Kerown's Tale.
How often can you write the same story over and over again? And the drama, oh the drama ... But as so many things are relative: Compared to her urban fantasy, the Valdemar books are veritable masterpieces.
So why did I read all those books? I was young and quite the drama queen myself.