By the end of this series, I have gotten pretty disappointed in Eddings. The first series with these characters had a lot better characterizations. The second series falls back into women behaving as women and men tolerating them. And the men got less interesting, too. It's as though Eddings thought he had to write a second series with the same characters, but his heart wasn't really in it. That said, it's still a better read than MANY other fantasies out there. I wouldn't have read the whole series in a week, if it weren't.