With the last book, Salvatore made a break from the old familiar characters to this new set. I'm sure at some point, I'll love these characters like I love the last batch, but it's taking more than one book.
Otherwise, this is a non-offensive battle romp. These books seem to be much more mature (in terms of themes and content) than the previous Salvatore books, but that's probably fine. Anyone who can manage to slog through 30+ novels to get here can handle it.