THIS THREAD CONTAINS GIANT SPOILERS OF DOOM FOR A DANCE WITH DRAGONS. . . . . . OK, so now I've made that clear it's time to talk about ADWD! Here's what I thought... Jon: His storyline has never been my favourite, to be honest, but I really enjoyed it here. Given how brutal much of the rest of ADWD was, I particularly appreciated Jon's fundamental decency and willingness to acknowledge that the Wildlings were, you know, human. And therefore should be protected against the decidedly inhuman things that are coming to wage war on the entirety of Westeros. His ending was fairly predictable - I'd pegged that Bowen Marsh was going to betray him fairly early on - and a little bit too much et tu, Brute? for my taste, but most theories I've read suggest that he'll come back as Azor Ahai by the end. Personally, I'd rather he just died like people (i.e. Ned) did back in AGOT. The growing tendency for killed-off characters to come back as zombies is probably my least favourite part of ASOIAF. Daenerys: Really, really epic scene at the fighting pits and her last chapter was interesting enough, especially the implication that she might not be barren after all. Other than that she mostly displayed a lack of ability as a ruler and appalling taste in men. Barristan's few chapters were some of my favourites though - sure, he may be in his sixties but he's still Barristan the Bold! Tyrion: He's Tyrion so he's always entertaining, but he wasn't as good as in previous books IMO. I think a lot of that is because we've lost his rapport with Cersei. Twisted as their relationship is, it was a major part of Tyrion's story in ACOK and ASOS and the new characters in his chapters are nowhere near as interesting. I'm writing this a few weeks after I finished ADWD and I'm finding them some of the least memorable chapters in the book. Theon/Asha/the North: Oh god, Theon's storyline was brutal. I mean, they were fascinating chapters but just horrible. I didn't like Ramsay as villain either; he was so utterly and irredeemably vile that he lacked any kind of depth. I just hope that he will die quickly and we'll never have to read about anything quite that depraved again (yes, I know. George will probably come up with something worse in TWOW). As for the rest of the Northern storyline, I loved Asha's few chapters. I didn't particularly like her as a character before ADWD (I thought she was the best of the Greyjoys, but that said more about how much I disliked the rest of the Greyjoys than it did about Asha) but she was fantastic here. The description of Stannis' army slowly dying in the snow was some of the best writing in the book IMO. Lord Manderly was epic. Can't wait to see what will happen with the navy he's been assembling! Bran: I'd come across the theory that Bloodraven was the Three-Eyed Crow and I thought it was completely crazy. Shows how much I know... Aegon: Jon Connington's two chapters were another high point in the book for me. In general, I really loved the more minor POVs (with the exception of Victarion, who is a contender for my least favourite character). I'm pretty much positive that Aegon is a pretender - the historical parallel of the dead prince "returning" at times of strife is too glaring for him to be real IMO. Also, there is far too much babyswapping going on already. I could write more - loads more, actually - but I should probably stop before I've written a novel. What did you all think?