I believe the game has a good balance with the books. The books are a fantasy medieval romance with a spice of magic.
About the dog handlers and she maidens you can see them in the books also. Dogs have been widely used to track for example Bran and Rickon when they escape from Winterfell, and i believe that i read somewere that in Bear (?) island the woman also grab their shields and sword when the need comes.
With the Brotherhood w/o banners the revive ability of Thoros and with the new Baratheon expansion the magic intensifies, essentialy with Melissandre´s Fire God and their Shadow broodlings ( Renly´s assassin).
Now accordingly with the path that FFG goes we might see Dragons (Targaryen) our Wildlings/Giants/Mamoths/Other (Wall), lets wait and see.
Was expecting tho see some ships figurines dought, and not the ships tokens… Maybee with Greyjoy.
Also a nice addition would be some "premium" miniatures of buildings/siege towers/pallisades/bridges instead of the tokens, would give a nice 3D effect to the borad, you could also model them of course.