Total Hours to Read: 19 hours and 42 minutes
--Average pages per minute for the series: 1.46
Romance: Some light references throughout the series, but usually pretty obscured in subtext and rarely (if ever) anything substantial.
Language: Use varies across the series, ranging from none to mild use of fictional swear words and mild real-world language. (Cr*p is most common.)
Violence/Gore: A good amount of both across the entire series.
I loved the story of the original trilogy
The mystery and tension were best with the first book, dipped only slightly with the next two, and were not as much a factor in the two prequels
I would have preferred to not read the prequels
Both prequels felt tacked on like afterthoughts, not planned for in advance
The female presence was WEAK (few females, not well written, most often useless and/or a villain)
There are some pretty hefty moral issues touched on that get glossed over
The "twist" at the end of the final prequel book was upsetting and possibly weakened the entire series
In the end: 3 out of 5 stars. Started strong, but felt like the prequels unnecessarily muddied the waters.