You know I wouldn't mind all the foot dragging and lack of brevity if only there were interesting characters I could care about. In all seriousness, I can't for the life of me remember any of the main players' names, or for that matter how many there are.
I know there's the main kid who's the reincarnation of some ominously ambiguous historical figure, some other kid who was training to be a thief/minstrel/assassin/whatever with some old nobleman slumming it as a bard (who for some reason I visualised as Timothy Dalton in The Rocketeer
), some non-human bloke with a thing for books and whinging as well as one or two female characters knocking around. I think one is a sort of warriror mage and another training to be one. I'm pretty sure there's one or two more young men (I vaguely recall something to do with wolves and an evil dagger) but again, I forget the details. I'm not trying to dump of the series, really, but you'd think it would have left a stronger impression than this, no?