My response to it was pretty much as follows.
Prologe: That was nicely creepy, but really, chasing people then slaughtered by monsters? How very identical to every other epic fantasy prologe ever.
Pg 18: A direwolf? Seriously? Owie.
pg 57: Wow, that was a great image to end a chapter with. I think I trust this Martin guy and am eager to keep reading.
pg 85: Oh, there’s the killing everybody told me I’d like. Yay!
pg 229: This is going nowhere good for the seven kingdoms
pg 423: Tyrion is my favorite. And Daenerys. And Arya. And Jon. I hope Sansa has to marry Joffrey, though. She deserves him.
pg 761: Beautiful. I am so desperately hoping she burns the whole world. Except when I’m reading somebody else’s POV.
pg 807: If Martin dies before finishing the series, I’m going to say mean things about his corpse.
This gave me all the immersive trusting the writer experience I kept hoping for Wise Man’s Fear to knock me over the head and give. Everybody who said I’d love the way Matrin treats his characters, you were so unspeakably right.