It took me a while to realize that this series hit the wall big time after the 3rd book. I was so into the books after the first three, that it took a long time (well into book 5) for me to notice that the interesting parts of the story weren’t progressing at all.
Nevertheless, I’ll read the rest of the books in the series. There are a couple ways the story could end that would be really good (and delightfully reactionary).
It was interesting to read The 48 Laws of Power while reading the books in this series. Martin’s successful characters follow the laws closely, while the unsuccessful clearly violate one or more laws.
This series was really the first fantasy series that I’ve read (excluding Tolkien). If any readers have other recommendations, leave them in the comments or shoot me an email.