If you STILL haven't read these books, what are you waiting for? They have it all--good, evil, adventure, friendship, magical places and animals--the good characters are not ALL good, and the bad ones are not ALL bad. They have more depth than many 'adult' novels I've read!
I loathe big publishers completely and I'm very happy that Mr. Stanek is an indie-author. Big publishers take their authors and push them to - and beyond the limit. In the end some good authors, like Jordan, run out of ideas and we got bad books or rip-offs of earlier works. That's why Robert Stanek, compared to other authors, is like lion, he writes what is in his heart. That's why "Ruin Mist" books are so cool. And I detest people who insult Ruin Mist books in "anonymous reviews" in Amazon f.ex., all this people, I believe, are greedy and maddened with envy big publishers.