like you, i've just started reading it - the library's holding the 2nd & 3rd for me. so far (100 pages) so par-for-the-course. i noticed a few editing errors along the way (one character inexplicably gets called Kevin midway through a paragraph!), but it's enjoyable enough at the moment. waiting to see if it becomes something special later on.
incidentally, i did start a thread a few months back, when the first one hit the shelves, as the idea of publishing all 3 in the trilogy before xmas seemed a bit of a novelty - as you can see, i didn't get much response back then http://www.sffchronicles.co.uk/forum/46982-brent-weeks-anyone.html
I read the first 2 and stopped the 3rd one. Kylar was too self loathing and always pining and and and... It was also repetitive like the story was the same for each book just more action and bigger monsters.
Way of shadows is decent, I would recommend it to anybody aged 15 to 21.
The other two... well... be warned, they reach new heights of ridiculousness making your suspension of disbelief a 500kg weight to carry, and soon you completely lose interest.
It's that corny, smothered in ketchup and chocolate spread, american version of YA fantasy. Lots of killing, prostitution etc, but these crippled, tweenage love-plots that are simply embarrassing - they are so far removed from the behaviour of adults that even a pair of 13 year-olds holding hand show more sophistication.
They're the equivalent of fast-food, read 'em from the library if you want something particularly undemanding.
I really enjoyed this series until the end. Yes it had its flaws but it was entertaining and very dark in places which as a fan of Grimdark Fantasy and Horror Fiction I very much enjoyed. But the end? It was a real what on earth is going on moment for me. I couldn't believe what I was reading!!
SPOILERS All the characters standing together and singing and all having perfect singing voices in order to raise the magic to defeat the undead.It just did not fit with the whole of the rest of the story for me and killed what had been a very enjoyable series.
I did like this series, been a few years so only vaguely remember. I know I felt a little let down not because it was bad more that it lacked something, can't put my finger on what but with a little more thought it could have been great.