We've been told 'winter is coming' since the start, and have been waiting for winter to come, the Others to invade, dragons to rise and other cataclysmic events foreshadowed so thickly that by now you'd expect something to happen, but no, I guess I'll have to wait longer. This book feels like one long prologue to the rest of the series. The storylines about Daenerys, The Wall, The Others, are largely ignored in this book. Instead it focuses on the politics of King's Landing with the Martell's and Tyrell's featured more prominently. Sansa and Arya's storylines are further developed, along with Sam's, which I enjoyed it the least.