Just an avid reader. Mostly SF/Fantasy, some hobbies, paranormal, urban fantasy and lighter, fluffier things.
I'm completely convinced that the story arc of his book is essential to the series.
Went a little soap opera-y, introduced a few too many new characters, too much bullying by the bad guys, took too long to connect that person X was always doing y during the z events ... but, overall an enjoyable read with Merit still Merit.
Looking forward to rest of series. A bit leery since the way this one ended might portend an upcoming road trip (I have a low tolerance for too much road trip in most stories).