Oh I am so loving this series. Not excited about how long it takes to get a new book out, but I'll have to hope to live that long!
Series can often die off and each one coast but I LOVE how new characters are deftly introduced, current characters are even FURTHER developed, and story lines are nurtured and expanded and explored. I haven't gotten lost, I haven't gotten stuck, and most important, I haven't gotten bored.
I have, however, gotten a bruise in the crook of my arm from holding the book and staying up way too late reading. The alarm clock is brutal these days.
I can't say enough good things about this series. I'm trying to pace myself, KNOWING how many years I'll have to wait for the final books (only one more to read after this one!) but Martin makes it too easy to devour this stuff.