I thoroughly enjoyed the first few books, they were exciting and full of action. But now that the war on the seven kingdoms has sort of come to an end, not much happens.
Over the first few books we built up a relation to the characters, for example I particularly enjoyed Tyrion's chapters, and Jon's. But in A Feast for Crows we are introduced to completely new characters who aren't even given a name.
I start reading it, wondering where Martin is taking it, but I reach the end of the chapter and nothing much has happened to a character that we have never previously read about before. Also all the way through there are constant references to the forthcoming winter, the tension is slowly building around it. But it never seems to come, it's dragged out rather pointlessly. Winters coming, it's a little closer, wait for it, not long now, this will be the last harvest, it's getting colder, it will be here soon, it's getting closer.....and that's the end of the book.
So as I said in the title, it's a bit bland, at least compared to the books predecessors. After the tumultuous excitement, and betrayal, plot twists and edge of your seat reading in the first books I got to this and was slightly dissapointed. Everything just grinds along at a snails pace.
However having said all this Ayra and Jaime's storylines are quite intriguing, they are what really saved the books for me. But towards the end I just felt like I was reading on just so I could get to the next book in the hope that something actually happens.