This series was written on a bet that stories based on bad/tired ideas could still be good stories. The ideas were lost Roman legions and Pokemon. Judging by this book all I can say is long live well written books based on bad ideas and death to poorly written books with great ideas!
Good characters and relationships, I especially liked the way the student/teacher link between Fidelias and Amara was played out. The action is very good, both individual and army battles. I would have liked a more thorough explanation of the magic system but hopefully that'll come in later books and it's obvious that there is a logical thought out magic system.