I got this for Christmas in 2005, but I never got around to reading it until recently. Now that I've finished it, I wish I hadn't read it at all. Good enough story (I love Arya and Brienne), but I can see why GRRM is accused of being a misogynist. Even more so than in the first three books. This was a difficult book to read. Is a Dance with Dragons any better or worse? I'll stick to the TV show if it is .