like many other people commented, this book doesn't hold true to the first three books. It seems like Alex is the only one driving the plot forward. It just isn't very exciting as it was.
Great book, very exciting.
I enjoyed the first 3 books but the series changes here. This book is less about adventurers and more about Alex being a wizard. Several times he tries to explain how wizards can be good and it ends with him fighting a very dark evil.