Many characters are too Mary Sue/Gary Stu for my taste. Tried to reread the whole series at one point, just couldn't do it. They try to make certain characters (set A) sound so bad butt at the expense of certain other characters (set B). Then half way they changed their minds and all these cool set A characters lose their mojo and the worthless characters B starts to shine.... you guessed it, at the expense of set A's. Then nothing gets resolved. situation at the beginning looks pretty much like the situation at the end.