I tried for the third time to read this today, and I made it up to around chapter 18. At this point, it was revealed to be possible to cast spells with circular breathing (breathing in through the nose while breathing out the mouth). In real life, the technique is used by holding air in the cheeks and forcing it into some wind instrument while breathing in the nose. For whatever reason, the idea of talking/incanting like this finished off my greatly weakened suspension of disbelief. Aside from that, everything is bad and I'd like to point to everything bad that previous people have mentioned (and to disagree with anything good or redeeming). 1/5 for the first eighteen chapters.