These two books are riveting, atmospheric, gripping, and well-written. They introduce a cast of characters, and a society, that I really came to care about.
That sent me back to buy the remaining books in this series. If you enjoyed the first two books as much as I did, there will be no stopping you from doing the same.
Just gotta say: Brace yourself for a real drop in quality. Especially Book #3, which carries on the still-interesting plot line, but under a very heavy load of second-rate romance writing and appalling grammatical errors, not just typos. Book #4 is an improvement in quality of writing/editing, but sort of peters out as it ends. And ends with every character neatly paired as if Noah's Ark was setting sail -- boy-girl, boy-girl, and every one of them True Love.
I was so impressed by the first two Mine books, I thought about picking up some of the author's other series while I was buying the sequels. Now that I've read all four, I'm thinking I've read enough Falor for this lifetime. I'm still really glad to have read the first two books, but now that I've read the rest, I've had enough.