Hmmm, that is a strange one to see. To my mind he is the greatest fantasy author out right now and the series was met with a ton of critical praise. The odd part from your take is thinking it's not engaging and is uninspiring? If anything it goes far deeper than your average fantasy story, has a fully fleshed out world and incorporates philosophical musings that hold up even outside of genre(Bakker has a PHD in philosophy).
Out of curiosity what are some of your favorite series?
I know, all the praise I saw (including Luckers' excellent review) I was convinced I would enjoy it but it just did nothing for me. Perhaps I didn't do it justice in giving up so early but I found it so lifeless I wasn't interested in finding out more of the world or the characters. I found it quite frustrating as well to read. I'm not that good at explaining myself but there's something about the writing style that I found...not sure of the word. Arduous? Rigid, maybe? I'm not sure. But I couldn't read more than a page without feeling metaphorically worn out, whereas other books I've gone through chapters and chapters at a time with the story flowing along.
As for favourites series, I'd put Malazan Book of the Fallen up there, although only part way through so far. I'm absolutely loving The Wise Man's Fear, now that, in my opinion, is how to write a book. Amazing. Hmmm, what else. I really enjoyed N K Jemisin's Inheritance trilogy. Shadowmarch and Nights of Villjamur were two very enjoyable recent reads. I tend to jump around from series to series.The Earthsea books have been a long time favourite, they're a bit YA I know, but still I always loved the story. The Coldfire trilogy was a great one. Oh, and the Wheel of Time of course...