I read the two Phoenix novels not too long after they came out; though it was after the second one, since I read them back-to-back.
I remember rather enjoying the Price, but the Fate dragged quite a bit. My most enduring(?) memory of them is that the authors kept using the same plot device for the drama, and it just got old and worn out - how do you take it serious when you have the same threat repeating itself over and over. That was what I was left with anyway.