Not what I expected at all. GRRM, compared to Steven Erikson, writes cheap pulp fiction. It doesn’t mean GRRM’s books aren’t great. But Erikson has gone beyond cheap political deaths in his books and brought in an entirely believable fantasy world with the same political intrigues but from the point of view of the world(s) at large rather than focussing sorely on the people.
Will recommend Malazan book of the fallen series (10) books to followers of fantasy fiction at any time.