I found the books okay. I despise the show.
The books are bloated and pulpy, but there’s a real sense of history in the worldbuilding. The lore actually isn’t that excessive, a lot of it is brought up tangentially rather than through pure exposition. The 2nd and 3rd book movie very quickly despite their length and have some satisfying payoffs. 4th and 5th books are purely meandering plotlines that go nowhere. I’d only recommend these books if you love worldbuilding or need something to read for a long airplane ride.
The show is awful. The first 3 seasons are sort of carried by the plotlines from the first few books, but that’s it. The show has zero decency (horribly sexist and racist), has no idea how to stage a scene, has no idea how human beings speak. None of the plotlines once they breakaway from the book plotlines make any sense. It’s entirely driven by cliffhangers (read: sudden deaths of characters). The writers/creators are absolutely clueless. Has a few good performances, but some of the main actors are hilariously bad. It is mindboggling how much praise this show gets.
Despite all that though…I did watch it all…