I am pretty sure this time was only my second through A Clash of Kings by George R R Martin, mainly because there were a few plot points in this book that are relatively important that i had forgotten. It also suffers, slightly, in a comparison to the first book. Our perspective characters are almost never together and Daenerys doesn't get to do much. Gobs of Arya which is great and plenty of Jon Snow. Shocking things happen, though i would say not quite as shocking as the first book. It is good and a 5 from me. Counts for the Once Upon a Time Challenge too!