♥ ♥ ♥ to the Cersei chapters. I was really uneasy when she became a POV character -- I still hate the Sansa chapters, and I thought the last thing I needed was another POV from an unredeemable character. But it was a truly fascinating journey through the tragedy of her downfall, and I'm glad we did get to see how desperate and pathetic she really is -- somehow it makes her shenanigans easier to take, knowing how much they say about her.
I still love the hell out of Brienne, even if her chapters really didn't go anywhere. I predict she'll have to kill Jaime someday, and I predict after a brief fight he'll let her. I love them both (I love him more)
, which is rather torturous.
A lot of foreshadowing all around...sometime I should ask your opinion on the Popular Fandom Controversies (chief among them, who are Jon Snow's parents? I've long been persuaded of the Lyanna + Rhaegar theory myself -- and his was the Song of Ice and Fire
, after all -- but I think there are plausible counterarguments yet to be made.) What else...I don't suppose you've read the preview chapters for ADwD yet? There are four available, Dany's in the back of the book and these three:
(1) http://www.georgerrmartin.com/if-sample.html (Check this soon, it rotates)
And finally, you are free to revel in the greatness and hilarity that is grrrm
, and I say that as someone who enjoyed AFfC. :D