This is the first of the seven part “Accursed Kings” series about the French monarchy in the 14th century. In this volume Philip IV (“Philip the Fair”) brings a curse on his family by suppressing the Knights Templar. A series of disasters culminate in his death.
“The Iron King” is a deliberately paced book, not a page turner. But the pace feels appropriate to the era and the scope of the story and I plan to continue with the series.
George R. R. Martin has mentioned this series one of the inspirations for the “Song of Ice and Fire” series. Even though I enjoyed the “Game of Thrones” TV series I didn’t want to devote time to Martin’s books. “Accursed Kings”, on the other hand, is based on history, which makes it — to me — much more worth my time.