Oh, man. I've been looking at the last several chapters of Magician's Merger to refresh my memory as I work on Magician's Integration. Those chapters strike me as not being too bad.
Then I decided to look at the first several chapters. They are utterly awful. The passage of time makes their total suckitude stand right out for me, now. I'm astonished that anyone has stuck it out to read that thing.
Anyway, I've given Chapter One of Magician's Merger yet another rewrite.