I know this isn't the most loved book by fans. I get it. I'm sure I also would have been even more disappointed if I had been reading this back in 200...moreI know this isn't the most loved book by fans. I get it. I'm sure I also would have been even more disappointed if I had been reading this back in 2005, five years after A Storm of Swords. At points I, too, felt incredibly frustrated by the book. I felt tired after reading Cersei's POV chapters after a while. How many more crazed decisions would she make, I asked myself? How many times must Maggy the Frog's name be brought up? I do not need to read about how Jaime "danced" his dance or whatever at the end of every Jaime chapter. Learn some new phrases GRRM. It got to be more frustrating than, "You know nothing, Jon Snow." I missed the fantastical elements of the book, as well. With Jon, Bran and Daenerys not in this book we missed out on Others, wargs and dragons. (view spoiler)[On the other hand we got a taste of Braavos and the Faceless Men - definitely a fascinating and strange culture to learn about. We got to see more of the repercussions of the Red Wedding, with Lady Stoneheart prosecuting all Freys, Boltons and Lannisters. We got to see how deep the Dorne plot goes. GRRM was certainly long-winded in his descriptions of Dorne's landscape, and setting up that storyline, and I don't know if I wanted to read that much about Arianne's captivity, but it certainly led to some very interesting developments. Prince Doran might seem gentle, but he is just as deadly as Oberyn. With the Dorne storyline, plus Aemon learning about the dragons, this book gave me the confidence that finally Daenerys would come to play a more important role in the Westeros side of the story. After all, the series is called "A Song of Ice and Fire", so Fire and Ice must meet at some point. Samwell's journey to Oldtown allows us to see the Citadel, and has set up more questions of who else is playing in the game of thrones. Also, any book that gives me more history of Westeros and Essos will always make me happy. (hide spoiler)] Overall, this book is a lot like A Game of Thrones, where we see more of the talking aspects of politics, and everything is more of set up for later story lines. This book continues to succeed in developing characters further, and though I am not fond of Cersei Lannister, I understand her better, and find her a more compelling villain. Some characters could have received more storyline (Sansa's did not serve much plot, in my opinion, and every seizure than Robert endured need not be described in the book) and I do wonder how everything is supposed to be wrapped up by book seven (maybe it'll be eight?), but I will continue to hope for the best. The book definitely need some editing, but I am satisfied with a few of the stories told (though Sam's could have been less voyage description and more Aemon talks). The overall plot of Westeros did move forward, and I'm more excited to read part two, ADWD, to get the complete story of this world. I do think GRRM needs to start to focus more on the Others aspect of the storyline, but the game of thrones storyline must be wrapped up too, so I can appreciate and enjoy this novel at the end of the day.["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I loved this book very much. While I thought ACOK started off a bit slow but really picked up half way through, this book hit the ground running. Dany...moreI loved this book very much. While I thought ACOK started off a bit slow but really picked up half way through, this book hit the ground running. Dany's storyline vastly improved this book. (view spoiler)[We saw her taking action, and I'm excited to see her try to be a queen. I also came to love Jon Snow more this book, I now understand why people love him. Of course in the beginning he was pretty childish (I mean he's 14, of course he has to be), but I think GRRM's writing of his character has improved too. He is becomes multi-faceted and he is forced to grow up like all of the children in the book and also we see he is actually a pretty good leader. I also enjoyed Ygritte's role in his life, and I think him loving her and her dying have really pushed him farther to being a good man. Also, I'm really excited to see Stannis in the north dealing with Jon and The Night's Watch. I don't know if I actually like Stannis or find him an actually interesting character, but there's no denying that his story isn't interesting. I don't believe he is The Prince That Was Promised, and I hope Aemon will enlighten us more about this prophecy in the next part of the story. But all of these prophecies are so interesting, because they aren't really in the foreground of the story still, but they definitely are a bit of a driving force. I love theorizing, so I'm glad there is that underlying storyline.
GRRM has done a good job of moving all of his characters forward and further developing them. I feel like the last book sort of ended on a high note, because Tyrion did succeed in winning the battle against Stannis, and Robb was doing well in the war, and this book is the complete opposite, I feel quite sad when I think of most of the characters. I'm most distressed by Sansa's storyline, and worry for her future. GRRM has really created one of the best characters with her. He writes her pretty truthfully (I always notice how she says "tummy" instead of stomach), and has allowed her to become one of the strongest characters. I only worry how much more she'll be able to deal with. There is only so much one girl can stand. Also, Arya's storyline is so dark, I often forget she's only 10 or so years old. I like the GRRM is painting this grim and realistic world, but sometimes I wish he would just let up a little bit for these poor children. Anyway, I think I've gone on too long, and I didn't even talk about Jaime's transformation, Bran's journey, Red Wedding, or any of the bits of history we got to see in this book. (hide spoiler)]
This is by far my favorite book of the series. I'm excited to read AFFC, I know only some of the storyline is in this book, so I hope I can deal with not knowing what my favorite characters are doing, but at least I won't have to wait years to read ADWD.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I enjoyed this more than the first book. I loved reading from the new POV characters, and found the battle scenes incredibly exhilarating. I'm just to...moreI enjoyed this more than the first book. I loved reading from the new POV characters, and found the battle scenes incredibly exhilarating. I'm just too excited and a little sad right now to write a proper review. Great book, I loved seeing more of the "magical" aspects of the world, now that the dragons are back.(less)
I love Chuck. This was a fun little story, and I really liked Captain Awesome's little side comics as well. The art was pretty great. Good likeness for...moreI love Chuck. This was a fun little story, and I really liked Captain Awesome's little side comics as well. The art was pretty great. Good likeness for the majority of the characters. The only character who's comic version I wasn't a fan of was Sarah. The comic version of her really didn't look like her at all.(less)