Re: Charting the Novel-verse
Yeah, I'm pretty sure there were some plot threads that run through the first several books, that are easier to follow if you read them in order. But, if for some reason you can't read The Red King first, I don't think you'd miss anything major, other than the conclusion of the cliffhanger from the first book.
They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it is not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance. - Terry Pratchett, Equal Rites