I struggled to finish the first book and ultimately ended up abandoning this book. I can see how it is a very popular book series but the pacing is a lot like the spy novels where there is a lot of setup in between meaningful plot development points. I'll try the HBO series and I'll probably like it more.
But really picks up toward the end! Definitely worth the download. Really interesting to see how the women are really the strongest characters, and the men kinda keep flubbing everything up by not listening. Hmmmm???
if you are a fan of Game of Thrones, then you should be reading or listening :) to this series. I've read through it once, but listening on audio book is so much better. audible makes it really easy to listen and maintain several titles.
Book 2 starts a bit slow, but I ended up enjoying it more. I watched the show concurrently. It's a shame they cut out and changed some of the Qarth storyline in the show. The book's scene when Dany enters the house of the Undying moght be my favorite parts of the books so far. The chapters during the Battle of the Blackwater were just as excellent.