FINISHED! Good lord this was a tome! It was good, but it didn't hold me captive the way that Clash of Kings did. It certainly went out with a bang though. So much so that even though it took me a good two months to read this giant of a novel, I've already picked up the next one. Luckily, it seems a bit smaller. All I can really say about this book is that George R. R. Martin takes no prisoners when he writes a novel. I was completely unprepared for several of the plot twists. I got so angry at one point in the middle of the book that I had to put the book down and read a romance with a happy ending just to feel better. If he kills off Tyrion I WILL stop reading, luckily I don't think that's the case, at least for the next couple of books.