I have to say this is probably my favourite series ever. The depth of the world its history and plot make up for me all the negatives. I do not find it all that drawn out and filled with filler as it were but i'm what you call a die hard fan. I'm about to start my 5 or 6th re-read (or listen as the case is now) with the final book due out soon. Theres a lot of things you pick up on or your re-reads that you miss on the first time through.