Lots of twisty turns, battles, plotting and conniving.This was my favorite book so far.George R.R. Martin really takes the reader on a long emotional ride in his books. You can't get attached to any character - the author will just about kill any character.I did cover my eyes at parts, danced a happy dance for other parts, and went WTF? at other parts. And yes, I cried when someone died. Aside from that - great book, great series. I highly recommend it.Looking forward to reading the next one.Oh, and if you are looking for a reason to avoid attending weddings, George R.R. Martin makes a pretty good case for you.