Like most epic fantasy, the Riftwar books stand on the strength of their world and their characters. The world is based on Feist's role-playing campaigns; as a consequence it's fully realized, if rather generic. It is the characters, though, who are the real strength of these books. All the characters are richly drawn; and, what's more, they change and mature in believable ways throughout the course of the books. In short, these books do just about everything right, and are hampered only by their lack of originality.