89% done with A Storm of Swords

In the 5th Harry Potter book, Order of the Phoenix, Rowling had figured out what it was readers liked best about the stories and kept turning the expectations on their head. Nothing Harry could do worked right, the school was not a safe, comfortable place, and Dolores Umbridge became that series’ best villan.

Martin does the same here, and in spades. I’ve given up trying to figure things out; I’m just on the ride