As previously stated, I’ve read it before and I’ll read it again but this is by far, the most boring of the 5 books that have been released already.
As with all George R.R. Martin books, each chapter is told by the perspective of a different character. When the number of characters grew as much as they did in this story, Martin had no choice but to split their stories into 2 books. This one and A Dance with Dragons (which I will be reading next) run on the same timeline, even though they were release 6 years apart. It just so happens that all the important and interesting characters are in ADWD and AFFC has all the leftovers.
Not to say that the book is completely uninteresting, it’s quite the opposite. and reading for the first time in so long, I definitely picked up on some serious foreshadowing that I didn’t pick up the first time. That’s why I like rereading these book. There are so many characters and so many side stories that a lot of times, people will be mentioned early on but you brush them aside until they have a much bigger purpose, 2 books later. So by going back, you get a better idea of where they came from or more of a glimpse into their pasts.
Needless to say, if you’re going to read A Song of Ice and Fire, you’re going to end up reading this book. Just don’t get put off if it doesn’t go as fast as expected.