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I believe that there are two smaller issues that together make a bigger issue with the NPC's in the early books of WotR. The first issue is the number of NPC's the PC's are forced to take along, and all the personal drama between them that isn't to everyone's taste. This I think holds for the first two books in the AP. In the first book the boatload of NPC's is required, in the second it is highly encouraged and the players are rewarded if they are taken along.
Then there is the fact that one of those NPC's is Irabeth who starts out several levels ahead of the players, has a lover as another party NPC, and is eventually promoted to the nobility where she starts giving the pc's quests in book 3. She requires a bit of judicious handling on the part of the GM, so that the pc's don't feel outshined by her extra levels in book 1, don't feel like her sidekicks (if she is placed in charge of the troops as suggested) in book 2, and don't feel like her errand-boys and girls in book 3 when she is given command of the city the players liberated and starts sending them on quests.
I would not call Irabeth a Mary Sue, but I do think that depending on the party, she may require careful handling by the GM, because I -can- see how she could come across as a GMPC.