Eh... I liked it well enough, but I'm not sure what all the fuss is about. I started reading this and watching Battlestar Galactica around the same time, figuring they were both huge geek things I hadn't yet experienced. I'm loving BSG. This, not so much. Dunno if I'll bother with the second book. Would like to know more about "the Others" and life on the Wall. Don't give a crap about horse lords or dragons. I figure that rounds out to about 3 stars.