This was a very fun story, most of the time. There were times that it felt like the narrator started droning on and nearly put me to sleep. Most of the time, I enjoyed the history, thaumaturgy lessons, but some of the time it felt like he was repeating himself. It is also interesting to note that we never enter the point of view of anyone except for Minalan. It feels like this is some sort of memoir or witness confessional, so I won't hold it against him. I just point it out that we spend a lot of time in his head.