I don't think that splitting the book this way was a good idea. This was a place holder. Too many people I didn't yet know and didn't care about (Greyjoys, Dorne). As the best characters (Jon, Bran, Tyrion, Daenerys) were left for A Dance with Dragons, this was mostly just something you had to read to get to the best parts. Oh and the little "I hope to get you the other half, hopefully next year" -epilogue? Almost cried. It has been six years. Luckily, now I have it! Hope I don't have to wait as long for the next installment, because I really love this series.