I generally find it difficult to review books that are in the middle of series, as many others haven't made it that far and I've forgotten a lot or am influenced too much from reading previous books years before. Hence writing only mini-reviews of mid-series novels...
All of these were read as part of my pre-college TBR cleanout. There also seems to be an unintentional blue theme with the covers.
2008; purchased new
It took me a bit to get back into the series, but it wasn't too difficult to reconnect with characters and events. Carmody's awesome worldbuilding and complex unfolding prophecy are still engaging and intriguing, and I will definitely be finding the 6th book to see what happens! My only issue was that there were some occasional plot holes and what I saw as minor inconsistencies, but overall, everything was well-developed and well-paced.
Not hard to jump into this series again! It was much funnier than I had remembered, but I didn't really enjoy the book that much. Some parts, especially at the beginning, felt rushed and confusing, and reading was more gotta-finish-it than actively engaged and interested. I'm not sure why; I might have just outgrown the books. I'll pick up the next (and supposedly final) book if I happen to come across it; otherwise, I'm not that concerned about completing the series.
2011; from Random Buzzers
At about 580 pages, this is a looooong but worthwhile read. Overall, I thought it was very well-developed and well-paced, especially for a book greatly exceeding the length of the author's other novels. There weren't any slow parts, as the plot kept moving and stayed interesting. Towards the end, though, I thought the story's cohesiveness lessened and things were a little rushed, but nothing truly frustrating to read.