So with the season done and those of us non-book-readers (I swear I'm starting this summer), a couple of characters conspicuously absent this season, Gendry and the Blackfish. As far as I know Gendry is still out there rowing, and the Blackfish is still taking a piss.
I'm halfway through the last book, and the final two books are a pretty tough slog to get through. Too wordy, too long and too many dang characters with not enough action. There are "exciting" parts in the last two books but they are markedly fewer and far between.
And most of the first three books were tough to get through because I already new most of what was going to happen from the TV show (TV show differences aside of course).
Just saying that before you go and buy them all, just pick up a used paperback copy of the first one and give it a whirl.