My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Short Version:
It continues the story and is very entertaining.
It continues the story and doesn’t bring a whole lot to conclusion.
The Long Version:
It was five years in the making, and for someone who reads a lot it was one of the few books that took me more than a few days to consume, and kept me flipping the pages of my kindle as fast as I could.
Martin does what made him famous, giving every character his history and a plausible reason for doing what he’s doing. I fear it may also be his downfall. In the end, there has to be an end. A meal that goes on forever, or sex that never reaches climax, is a horrible torture. The story can’t keep growing. There can’t be an endless supply of new characters to be invested in, only to have them die. I know that the “no character is sacred” path has made Martin’s works very special, but at the same time it still sucks.
There has to be some one to root for right? Give me some conclusion, even if its a bad one. But make it permanant. The characters we may not care so much about seem to have a thousand lives, while others die the final death.
The book is a solid work, and if it hadn’t ended about where it began, in the middle of the story, I would have given it a five – but I was so frustrated thinking that I will have to wait five more years for the next installment that I couldn’t bring myself to click the five star rating.
Mr. Martin, you are driving me mad. The thought that you might die before we know the end haunts me. Please finish up the series before you go on any dangerous vacations or decide to go scuba/rock/paragliding.