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The Iron King
The Iron King by Maurice Druon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I cannot accuse the book of being slow, as the book moves more quickly than I had anticipated. The GRRM-proclaimed precursor to The Song of Ice and Fire, I had prepped myself for a slog of a read, only in a non-fantastical world where I’d imagined I would shed tears going through. However, it turned out not be the case. The story isn’t incredibly layered as you’d get in some of those overly ambitious plot-driven books, and yet managed to hold my attention.

There was a huge 3-4 months gap where I put this away half-way through, but a sustained spell of travelling got me through it. Enjoyable, although with my huge backlog I’m afraid it’ll be awhile before I’d get along to the second book, which I eventually hope would be sooner rather than later.

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