In order to keep the HBO thread to become entirely Spoiler black - a new thread to discuss the book. anybody else finished yet? I loved it! After Feast for Crows I was a bit anxious if I would but this was more like it. Lots of things happening and GRRM is still able to surprise me. There were times in the book when I thought - ah, okay, now I know what is going to happen - and then something else happens. Like when Tyrion was sold into slavery and it was decreed that he should perform before Dany - ah, okay, that is how they will meet. And then they didn't. Or at least not really. Also liked the Aegon storyline. There had always been speculation if he had really been murdered and I liked the way he had been introduced and also - nearly best of all - how Varys came back. Hated the way he ended the Jon chapter. The letter was a cheap way to leave two storylines open and the stabbing of Jon...I don't believe that he is dead as it wouldn't make much sense at this point in the story and therefore it feels like a cheap cliffhanger. But that is about the only criticism I have.