From a literary standpoint, Janny Wurts is superlative when it comes to character development. Each of the major players is finely drawn and in a long running series, this is no mean feat. Most books in a series this long seem to become watered down and cumbersome even by the middle of the series (dare I mention Robert Jordan?) In the fantasy genre, it becomes harder and harder to find good fantasy that isn't derivative. It's good to have something to read that has some meat to it.