So, better than the other two but still not good. There's a serious lack of foreshadowing in these books btw.
For most of this book there actually was a goal, which is an improvement over the last one. But it's not very satisfying, since we never see the result of it being accomplished. I also find it very strange that these books are about this epic conflict, told through the eyes of army officials (more or less) but we never gain any insight into the strategic importance of certain places or the overall strategy or anything army related really.