I must say, this book was only going to get 3 stars...but it did pick up a bit at the end. This book has 969 pages (without all the added stuff, which makes it 1,009) and I think the last...300 were good? I thought it was a lot of talking and not really any moving. The battle scenes were a bit of a jumble, but I suppose if you were actually involved in these battles, it would probably feel the way it was written. New characters were highlighted, such as Davos and Theon Greyjoy, and we got to meet both Stannis and Renly Baratheon, and new places needed to be described, so that got to be a bit...annoying. But necessary...I suppose.
Once things picked up....holy shit balls Batman! So much magic!! Dark magic, mostly and it made my head explode a bit. But I really liked it. I really love magic in fantasy novels, especially if it is dark and a bit unexpected. It was definitely unexpected. I really enjoyed Arya and Bran's chapters. Daenerys, Jon and Tyrion are my other favorites, but Jon's chapters were a bit meh Dany's were too few and Tyrion's were too many, so that's a bit of a bummer.
All in all, it was a pretty good book. It could have been better, but I think it was a good addition to the series. ^^ Also, I really love when books (and movies) mention the name of the book/series in the book. They mentioned 'a song of ice and fire' and I laughed. XD
Anyways, I am taking a bit of a break from this series. A Storm of Swords is bigger than this one, and my hands are screaming right now...so I'll wait. ^^'''
This is book 5/10 for my fantasy book challenge!! I'm half way there!!!
I have also read 7/25 books for my bookish challenge!~ Weeeeee!! I has feel accomplished!! XD
Until next time!!