A sprawling tale of mad kings, treacherous courtiers, not so honourable knights and some decent folks trying to do the right thing. A large cast of characters makes for a complex story but it allows the reader to see what's happening from multiple points of view. The world building is as impressive as any reader would want. One of the things I liked most about this book were the unintended consequences of characters actions, even good people can cause catastrophe by trying to do the right thing. Now on to A Clash Of Kings!