Well, I survived. There's still about 60 pages left in the book, and I'm going to finish it, if for no other reason than to see if anything actually bloody happens. A solid two-thirds of this book could have been handled with a single training montage. There are so many characters floating around that it's hard to keep them straight, or to really care about any of them. However, considering that it's more of a world-building and intro-to-magic style of book, I can kind of understand why there are so many books in the series - it's easy to keep going that way.
At any rate, I feel like my first Readathon was a success. Thanks to all who stopped by!