Right at the beginning of the year, before I even went back to work after the holiday break, I got together with one of my book clubs for our monthly discussion and annual gift exchange.
When it was my turn to choose a gift, I got these:
They. Are. Awesome. Complicated, nuanced characters in a vast and varied world. Bloody feudal statecraft. Little touches of the supernatural.
Reading them isn't exactly easy - I would often start a new chapter (each chapter is about a different character) and think, "Now, who is this again?" It's completely worth it, though.
On Saturday morning, a little 4:00 a.m. insomnia led me to read the last 200 pages of the final book in the middle of the night. So now I am free to resume my life as it was before. At least until the DVDs of the TV series come out...