POSTPONED TILL I AM BACK WITH THE REST OF THE SERIES. I cannot read further without needing more, this series is a great great great addiction. (I reme...morePOSTPONED TILL I AM BACK WITH THE REST OF THE SERIES. I cannot read further without needing more, this series is a great great great addiction. (I remeber HATING to wait for the next one to be translated when I first read them. It was awful and brilliant at the same time.) I have to stop because I cannot get my hands on the other books, but it hurts. They engulf me, make me more than I am.(less)
Loved it! (Who would've thought ; D) I have no time to give it the review it deserves, but I guess those kind of reviews are out there aplenty anyway....moreLoved it! (Who would've thought ; D) I have no time to give it the review it deserves, but I guess those kind of reviews are out there aplenty anyway. I read this book after watching the television series, so there were no great surprises, but I loved the different points of view we got to experience as well as the heaps of additional information on the Seven Kingdoms and the rest of the world of A Song of Ice and Fire.
As a "note to self": my favourite characters and relationships, or the most interesting ones at least:
Arya, Arya and John, Arya and Nymeria (in general the bond between the Stark children and their wolves) Sansa, Sansa and the Hound Eddard & Catelyn (as characters as well as their relationship) Tyrion Cersei, Cersei and Jamie Tywin, Tywin and his family (What does he think about his children? Joffrey? etc.) Shae (& Tyrion), (There must be more to her. Or I hope there is. Where does she come from, what does she want?) Danaerys, Danaerys & Drogo, Danaerys & Ser Jorah. Lord Varys Renly (less)
Damn, actually I wanted to write a proper review for once but working on university stuff kinda prevented me and now it feels like it's been ages sinc...moreDamn, actually I wanted to write a proper review for once but working on university stuff kinda prevented me and now it feels like it's been ages since I finished Luck in the Shadows. So this is a shortie like always.
Things I Liked: - the book is easy too read, but the plot is complex, intriguing and gripping - Alec and Seregil are wonderful characters, whom I want to know more and more about. I wonder if they'll become lovers... - the 'minor' characters (which you cannot really call minor, especially Nysander I think) are also pretty awesome. Nysander is fascinating while Micum and his family are adorable!) - great worldbuilding
Things I Didn't Like (That Much): - it was a bit dragging at times, but the good things totally made up for that! - I guess there were some minor things I disliked apart from the dragging, but I can't remeber so they can't have been that bad :D(less)
Unfortunately I put down reading Stalking Darkness somewhere in the middle and started/read other books, so I cannot make a proper review (again) and...moreUnfortunately I put down reading Stalking Darkness somewhere in the middle and started/read other books, so I cannot make a proper review (again) and this is going to be a bit fragmented (again): [Spoilers!]
Things I Liked: - the plot is thickening and it's wonderful to read how the questions raised in Luck in the Shadows are answered in Stalking Darkness and also how new ones are raised... - Alec and Seregil remain wonderful! They grow closer and we learn more and more about Seregil's relationship with the 'minor characters' and see Alec build them. I also enjoyed the believable budding feelings between the two of them - While I didn't dislike Thero in Luck in the Shadows, I suspected I might start liking him in the next instalment and wasn't disappointed! - Micum and his family remain wonderful! I enjoyed 'Beka's chapters', it's nice to know more about her and what she does. - Nysander!! Wonderful, just...swept me off my feet in all the right ways. - Loved the 'showdown'! Thrilling! - The world building continued to be great, I truly love prophecies, gods and the way magic works in this universe. I am also interested in the Aurënfaie and hope/trust that the series will satisfy my curiosity... - That Alec is half-Aurënfaie seems awfully convenient for Seregil to me, but the 'thing' about him was already introduced in Stalking Darkness (I suspected that he magics, damn ;D), so I did not come as that much of a surprise and I do not mind it at all. One might call that a bit Mary Sue-ish but... I don't care and ... in a way it makes me happy that Alec can stay by Seregil's side for a longer time, especially since (...) happened.
Things I Didn't Like (That Much): I had the same problems with Stalking Darkness as I had with Luck in the Shadows: It was a bit dragging sometimes, but I loved so many things about it that this is only a very minor concern. I also might be a bit impatient and that is why I found it 'dragging'.
Most of the plot points from Luck in the Shadows came to a close in Stalking Darkness. I like it that I am not pressed to read the next one asap, but since there are enough things I'd like to know more about I am looking forward to reading Traitor's Moon in the near future. (Travelling with Alec and Seregil is a pleasant way to spend time, so I'd like to continue that particular journey soon.)(less)
I only gave it three stars, because it felt too short. I liked it a lot, but in the end it was just a teeny-tiny snippet - a good one - but ... it lef...moreI only gave it three stars, because it felt too short. I liked it a lot, but in the end it was just a teeny-tiny snippet - a good one - but ... it left me wanting more in a good way, but it was still a little bit short. If this should continue - I hope it will! - this rating will go up, because then it's a fantastic beginning :D(less)
Again, no time for a proper review, because ASOIAF books would deserve something of epic proportions. Random thoughts, favourite characters and/or quot...moreAgain, no time for a proper review, because ASOIAF books would deserve something of epic proportions. Random thoughts, favourite characters and/or quotes as well as a question or two ; ) [Even if I did not list them, my favourites from the last book remain. No major change in my perception of the characters yet.]
Favourite characters things & comments Davos: I really like his straightforwardness and that he always tried his best to be honest with Stannis. I kind of pitied him, when he had to deal with Melisandre. It was really trying for him and I just do not like her very much. Too set in her beliefs and I just cannot deal with people believing in only black and white.
Littlefinger's schemes (though I am no fan of Littlefinger himself, only admire his 'endeavours') Tyrion & Varys Tyrion & Littlefinger (Oh, the intellectual sparring.) Arya & Gendry Tyrion's schemes Danaery's pelt (of a white lion *^*)
Sansa: Growing up, learning that the world is not like her stories at all. Slowly she grows stronger in that quiet, slightly naive way of hers. I truly enjoy seeing that. She learns the harsh ways of the world, but seems able to still carry some kind of 'innocence' about her. 'Defiant in thoughts, compliant in words.' I also like her faith and beliefs. "If I am ever queen, I'll make them love me." I love how she takes over the women a little, after Cersei 'looses it' and storms away. It shows a kind of 'womanly strength' that is similar to her mother's.
The Hound: Continues to be interesting, but frightening nonetheless. I like it that he calls Sansa "little bird", but that also frightens me a bit since it might have an ugly sexual connotation. It frightened me when Sansa found him under her bed, but I also thought it so very interesting - again - that he needs her to really look at his face. Even though I was always frightened for Sansa, it touched me that her singing made him cry.
Brienne: I wonder if she is really "ugly" or only perceived as such because she does not fit the beauty standards for womenladies in Westeros. Was she in love with Renly? And why? Did she know him more intimately from somewhere? "I never held him but as he died." I truly like that she swears allegiance to Catelyn. "There are walls around this one higher than Winterfell's", says Catelyn about her. Brienne's reason for swearing her path: "But you have courage. Not... battle courage perhaps, but... I don't know a kind of woman's courage."
Asha seems interesting. Although maybe overconfident? Time will tell. Arya: I adore how she keeps going through the lessons she learned from Syrio. She cleverly uses them to keep her wits about her. I fear for her though, not wanting to care about people because she "will just lose them tomorrow". I thoroughly enjoyed her journey and how she kept going, changing 'identities' as if they were cloaks. Arya has to learn that not all plans turn out quite as she wanted, because she is not so pleased with the outcome of the "Weasel soup". It saddens me that she hear about Winterfell lost and her little brother's dead. Sometimes Arya seems quite a bit too old for her true age, but then she has those wonderful childish dreams and wishes and I am mollified. "When the snow falls and the white winds howl, the wolf dies but the pack survives"; "I am a direwolf and done with wooden teeth."
Danaerys: Sometimes it seems as if she is chasing a phantom. A destiny that is only barely connected to her - since she only knows Westeros from tales of others. But then what would she do? Somehow she need to go forward and her identity is deeply connected to her perceived destiny. I love that she earns herself a bell for her braids, after "fighting" in the Tower of the Undying. I am truly interested in Dothraki and their customs and I love it that Dany and the "blood of her blood" keep these traditions.
JAQEN HAGAR: Such an interesting character! And the way he speaks to Arya *^* The mystery of his character and circumstances make him irresistibly interesting. Kisses Arya's hair softly. Oddly gentle. So many strange things that don't add up about him... (And his 'vocation', the Faceless Men. Mighty interesting!)
Tyrion: I love especially that while he cares about Sansa mostly because of her worth as a 'bargaining chip', he also saves her from Joffry's abuse because she does not deserve to be treated that way showing some kind of 'universal care' about other people that are not Lannisters, directly of worth to him or actually dear to him. I did not quite understand what he meant with "My love for you shames me enough." I kinda believed him to be 'over' this kind of classicism.
Catelyn: "When they took his head off, they killed me too." Cat! Renly: Sadly - because he is not a POV character the allusions to his being gay are few. I wish there was more, because I want more diversity in books like this.
Varys:How he was cut is such an interesting story with so many possibilities! Magic! Totally understand why he is vary of magic. On top of that, I think that magic as an unpredictable variable must be something quite annoying to a man like him.
I don't really have to voice my feelings about Joffrey, I assume. There is nothing likeable about him, not even in his 'villain-yness' as there is with others. But on top of all of his failings, he is stupid! "Hearteater", really?
I always thought Cersei'd be more like Tyrion but in a dress. It is kind of disappointing that she is not like that at all. I cringe when she does stupid things and does not see that working with her brother'd be to her advantage. It saddens me how bitter and cruel she became, although I understand it. I loved the little stories she told about her and Jaime, it fleshes out why she became who she is and makes her vulnerable.
Jaime seems interesting ("There are no men like me, there's only me."), but somehow... I enjoyed his dialogue with Catelyn, it was interesting on both sides. His 'Kingslayer story' is interesting and I can understand perfectly that he sees people who call him "Kingslayer" as ungrateful, since Aerys truly was a mad king. But he lives in a society where loyalty (eps. to the king!) reigns over common sense. For Jaime killing Aerys was the only way to get rid of him, while others might (a big might!) have found other, more subtle ways. When he said that Ned Stark loved Robert Baratheon most of all, it made me extremely sad for Catelyn, because I see some truth in that. Oh! And I truly adore that a man as beautiful as Jaime Lannister, who could have any girl he liked, only lay with one woman, and that is the one he loves. (Makes Cersei's dalliances seem very bitter to me, even though I understand that she knows no other way to wield power.)
I am sure that Jon Snow is not needs "true" child, but his sister's son. (The promise he made her and why he refuses to talk of Jon's mother seem indicators for that.) It is with whom that I am nor sure about at all, but in any case (Robert? Rhaegar?) it seems that Jon Snow might have a claim on the Iron Throne. Funny how these things turn out ;)
Quotes: Cat: "Because they are the knights of summer and Winter is coming."
Tyrion: "Is this the Cersei that Jaime sees?"
Best Insult Ever from the Angry Mob: "Brotherfucker!"
Tyrion: "I am certain of nothing but Winter and battle."
Jaime: "Oh, it's truth you want. Be careful, my lady. Tyrion says that people often claim to hunger for truth, but seldom like the taste when it's served up."(less)
Spur of the moment buy :) Nice, quick read. Nice worldbuilding and even though the twists in the plot could be easily foreseen, the story was never bor...moreSpur of the moment buy :) Nice, quick read. Nice worldbuilding and even though the twists in the plot could be easily foreseen, the story was never boring and the characters quite loveable!(less)