First, I understand the complaints about book 1. It was the weakest of the three, but I thought it got stronger as it went along. Books two and three were similar, but IMO, more quality even if the story might have expanded a bit. As to the tv series, I think it's starting to catch its flow, but I have a filling Book 1 is going to be 2 seasons. While this is fine and there are enough activities, if they add some flavor, to fill out one it will be week. Season 2 would be super awesome but need to fill in lots of back story. If book 1 isn't well received, book 2 is not going to get a season.