I think the characters in this series are amazing. I find myself even rooting for the "bad" ones. Which is why I get so upset when Martin keeps killing them off! I never see it coming which I'm sure is the point and I always hope they are going to come back (Catelyn, what?) Overall, this book was underwhelming for me. I enjoyed the last 500 pages but could have easily skipped the first 500, or at least condensed it. Wondering where the story is going to go and who will become the main characters when the current ones die off.