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Secondary Characters Finally Get Their Own Book
on September 23, 2017
I actually found this to be a more fascinating and bolder entry than the previous two books. Martin makes the daring choice to move the focus almost entirely on previously secondary characters, practically creating a whole new world with his description of Dorne alone, while major players like Dany and Tyrion are absent. But his gambit pays off: the globe-spanning cast of secondary characters created a sense of scale and paints a world in a state of change; the old guard of Westeros are dead and the survivors scramble for power, purpose, or survival.
That said, the book's large and varied cast is also its weakness. The initial momentum from the initial scrambles in the new world order drops off towards the end, left incomplete for the next book. And unfortunately, Martin's skill at cohesion of disparate points of view is not as present as it was in previous entries. But still, it remains an intriguing entry in the series as a whole.
One minor pet peeve though: for whatever reason, for POV chapters of secondary characters, instead of using the typical style of naming the chapter after the character's first name, like Aeron, he'll use some title like "The Prophet" (this is even more annoying when he'll then use a different title later). A minor, and not overly detracting, annoyance.