The first of two split-stream books in this series, describing the events of a certain length of time from about half the characters' points of view. While a very good book in its own right, this book has the misfortune to come after A Storm of Swords in the series, and that book is like an incredible roller coaster. This book is more like one of those lazy river rides. There's a lot to see and a lot to take in, but the thrills just weren't there for me.Still, it was a good book. It feels like groundwork is being laid for the impending invasion from the north that the Red Priestess kept talking about. Definitely an engrossing read, with an abundance of character development.