Since I read this after reading the first book in the series, I just kind of wanted to finish it after getting about halfway done. I definitely needed a break from the series since two thousand pages of the same story and same characters was getting exhausting. I liked how Martin would let the story continue in between chapters told through the perspective of the same characters. However, there were times when I wish they better told what had happened in that time. I have the same critique that I had for the first book as well. There are so many characters and places that it gets hard to keep track of them all. However, along with this, I truly appreciate all of the though put into the series and how complex it is. It is as if the series is legit a world in itself.