This series...is decent. Better, in my mind, than The Sword of Truth, and the plot moves faster than The Wheel of Time. Not as good as the Malazan Book of the Fallen, by any means, but the next best massive epic fantasy series that I've found out there.
The sheer, mind-crushing nastiness and vile, contemptible actions made are something of a turn-off. Still, it's a compelling story to follow, even if you don't know which side to root for...and later, don't really want to root for anyone, on account of the various misdeeds committed by every party.
In other words, jolly good fun!
What sphinx of plascrete and adamantium bashed open their skulls and ate up their brains and imagination? Imperator! Imperator!