I knew about this series, but was never really attracted to it. My fantasy days were behind me, I read more science fiction and magical realism now. Or so I thought. Lately I have been hearing more and more about this series, mostly because of the upcoming TV series. So when I saw the first book in our free book section at my work, I just knew I had to pick it up. And when some of my friends and colleagues found out, they were jealous I found it for free, but, more important, that I would get to read it for the first time.
Though political intrigue isn’t really my thing, I was blown away by this book. I couldn’t put it down, so much was happening, and despite its size, the story moved pretty fast. There wasn’t that much fantasy in it, the story takes place in a medieval world. There are some hints to fantasy (the darkness in the north, the dragons) but it is mainly a political game of families, kings and lords. I can’t wait to pick up part two, and hope that I won’t be too disappointed the series isn’t all written/published yet.