Warded demons with Arlen
I'm 52% of the way through Master of the Five Magics, the first book of Lyndon Hardy's "Magic By The Numbers" series. I called it good a few days ago, but now I think that I'll upgrade my opinion of it to (marginally) great. The plot's strength is that it does keep marching along at a good pace. The price it pays for that is not coloring the whole world with description, as some authors do, but only the part of it in the center of the narrator's field of vision. As the result, it has sort of a brash charm, but the focus is on the activities of the main character, Alodar. There are no other characters who pick up the viewpoint; the only eyes you see through are Alodar's. And there's no focus on the world itself, which seems to appear only as Alodar moves through it. There are no subplots to speak of, other than trivial ones, such as a minor character picking up an important item and carrying it off... only to appear a few pages later with it still in his hands. If that's a subplot. Still, it's a fun, light read that doesn't tax your memory to keep track of subtle nuances that might turn out to foreshadow important later events.