Good, not Best
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George R.R. Martin is a good story teller, but it is very obvious who his favorite characters are from the way he writes their chapters. His female characters tend to have thoughts that only men think about—their bodies, for instance. Even his "strong" female characters are very weak when compared to his men. Some of the characters have few to no flaws, so reading their chapters can be boring. Jumping from character to character the way the author does is jarring to the reader.

The story is very strong, so if you're not a critical reader, you will love this book.