If I remember correctly 7 was one that picked up toward the end. It's really hard for me to remember which events happened in which book except for really major ones, which is part of why I've been so quiet, I can't remember if you've read certain things yet. But I'm pretty sure the end of book 7 was a winner for me. The first part was slow. I think there's a thread in this forum about how much I didn't like book 8 though! It had a couple really good scenes, but on the whole was pretty dry for me. I basically agree with your ratings on books 1, 5, and 6. 3 is my least favorite in the whole series so far so we are ... not in alignment there. and I loved 4. 2 is slow for me, but has enough good stuff to keep me reading.