Mhm. I wanted to have some sort of balance - I needed a more equal ratio of talking and doing - but I got bogged down in the beginning with exposition and presenting characters. In my rewrite (whenever I do it - I realised some flaws in my worldbuilding, and some holes in my character-lineup), I'm most probably going to cut the first 25k words wholesale, and then keep only a few of those scenes that will be extensively rewritten.
See, it's about a civil war - there's lots of politics to consider, but also a whole lot of action, and I don't want to do the clichéd "War is horrible, blah, blah, blah" presentation most generic fantasy novels drag out; I want to show what each character goes through in the war, and how it changes them.
So, again, thank you for the rant - I think I'll go back and read some of your old ones, too. :)