Addicted to The Song of Ice and Fire series but stuck waiting for the next novel/TV season? Give this book a try. It is fantasy in the George R.R. Martin style, focused more on politics and court intrigue than on swords and sorcery (though there are some of both of those as well). There's even a plot thread about banking that is one of the best parts of the book. Abraham writes well, and is building a fascinating world of interwoven plots and characters here. Best of all, if you enjoy the book, there are already two more novels in the series available: The King’s Blood and The Tyrant’s Law.