I'm a little more mollified after reading part two but only slightly. A cliffhanger for each of the most interesting characters left me a little heartsick. Yea I'm that invested now but I'm horrified as it's also with an author that loves to torture and I don't just mean his characters. I mean his readers. I'm a little tired of being a plaything.The thing is I was lucky enough to have been able to read all five books fairly close together and with the help of the TV series it helped keep it alive and somewhat fresh for me but I can be fickle too. If it takes an age for this series to wrap up I may well abandon it like I did the Wheel of Time series as I'm not fond of being led by the nose. I'll just watch the show! Bah, who am I kidding. I'll gobble it up like most of the others because the story is far more engrossing than I care to admit.One nitpick. It's a parliament of ravens not a murder.I'm giving this book a 4 but it's truly a 3.75. I think Martin really needs an editor.