This book is AMAZING! So many 'OMG I don't believe that happened moments' that rip at your heart and sense of morality. I thought I was wise to Martin's shenanigans after the 1st in the series but I was not prepared for the anguish he unleashed like a thunderbolt in this book. I'm just left admiring the way he ties things together, pulling together events that happened in book 1 and making them relevant in book 3. I love the way he makes you despise characters in book 1 but then by book 3 you're thinking 'well he's not that bad after all'....Although I think I'm always going to hate the Queen of Cunts, not sure if Martin's going to change that. I'm a bit wary of reading the 4th book because I don't know how he can eclipse this one. It sets the bar so high.