Originally Posted by mosca
yeah... i think i actually read that somewhere, that he wrote both this and the next book at once and the publisher decided to split them into two novels due to length. so all the crap characters got shoveled into this book and hopefully all the interesting ones are in the next (fingers crossed). i stopped reading it and read some other stuff i've been wanting to read, but i'm sure i will eventually come back and finish it, especially before the 5th one comes out.
scorpio - does the book at least start to get better towards the latter half of it?
Yeah, it picks up a bit; I'd still recommend finishing it if you get a chance. Mostly this book is a lot of politics, but it seems to be building toward a lot of action in the next book. Dragons!