I finished Chapter 1 yesterday.
I can see the story starting to open up (Intrigue! Great Powers conflict! Mysterious artifacts!) and we've got a new proper noun ("Divine Blade", which I can't recall seeing before, at least). Every good fantasy story needs to accumulate Words With Capital Letters.
I also really love that the primary conceit driving our characters forward is that they're going to walk the land.
It's just so charming! It's just so delightful!
I mentioned previously that I am a bit daunted at how many games there are in this series and how far behind I am.
But I'm also a little excited about it. If the rest are even fractionally as good as the first, I'm in for an exciting...er...rest of my life.