This review applies to the whole series (or at least what i've read, part 1 to 9)
I like the first person perspective used. It really adds to the immersion. And the whole concept of the main character learning about his special powers. It reminds me of the Morcyth Saga.
I really like the style: first person action. You see from the main person's perspective what he does, thinks, and plans.
I think that the reason the main person was so detached from the situations was that maybe it was a part of his powers, to be able to think clearly, and objectively in stressed situations, or maybe it was a sideeffect of getting a hole in the head :)
James, a regular young man, gets transported into a parallel world where magic exist. There he will need to learn magic to survive the many different hardships he gets thrown into.
James seems to be able to think of all the right things at the right times. It's refreshing to read a book where the main character is competent instead of like in many tv series where they rely on making the characters incompentent for the sake of creating cliffhangers.
The first person perspective adds to the immersion for me. Everything the main character does is mentioned. You follow him from his point of view as he reacts to- and devices plans for the situations, and you feel good when his plans succeed.
I like how James can use the experience from his D&D games in the situations he gets into in the parallel world as something that appears to be supernatural insight when seen from the perspective of his companions who were born in that world.
I like how the knowledge of physics (for example electricity), which is common in the ordinary-, but unknown in the parallel world gives James the understanding to be able to use nature to enhance his spells to great effect.
That gives him the potential to be a more powerful mage than all other mages in the world. The main character transforms from a regular young man with a normal life, into the kind of mysterious Merlin type mage from old tales.
I think this series is a must read, and well worth the time and money.
I read the book in short order over a few days, and it's still as exciting as ever. One of the things i liked was when it goes into the deeper mechanics of magic. Also, the feeling that there's a bigger plot and mystery running behind it all.