I had managed to stay away from any spoilers before reading this, a feat given the hype around it! So I entered pretty blind as to what to expect, and wasn't entirely sure it would be "my thing". Tales of kings and queens and castles aren't usually up my street, but this book had me gripped. It wasn't a hard read, as this genre usually is, which made it all the more enjoyable. The characters were brilliant, from one extreme to the other, the wickedly evil and the ones that broke your heart. The action was well written, and exciting, and the twists and turns kept me hooked! I marked it down because I feel after 800 pages, you need some sort of conclusion, and whilst I appreciate it's the first in a series, I felt a little let down by the ending.