This is Game of Thrones for teens. If you like GOT, but wouldn't mind it if it was a little bit less graphic, this is your book. There are some seriously cheesey romantic bits, but overall this was a great, fun read. Oh, and there's not a ton of magic in it if that concerns you, but it does follow the typical fantasy convention of everyone's name being different, but familiar like Aron. Lots of good action and some killer death scenes.