The 4th book in the Song of Fire and Ice (or Game of Thrones) series. This book only follows a handful of the characters we've been reading about over the next interval of time: Cersei, Jaime, Brienne, Arya, Sansa, and Samwell. We get a bit of some other minor characters and get introduced to a few new ones but not to any great extent. Many of the questions left unanswered at the end of the last book are still unanswered at the end of this one. The main thread is watching as things go downhill under Cersei in King's Landing and just how crazy she has become. Kind of fun but not nearly as interesting when concentrating on her to the exclusion of almost everything else. I'm very thankful that I do not have to wait several years for the next book and can only hope that Dances with Dragons flows better and answers questions and fills in some holes. I enjoy the complexity of the world and don't mind the tons of characters but I think the story would have actually been much better served if he had kept writing about all the characters instead of breaking up the too big 4th book the way he did.
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