This book is supposed to be a prelude to the whole The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings series. There are 5 different parts: 1. Quenta Silmarillion 2. AinThis book is supposed to be a prelude to the whole The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings series. There are 5 different parts: 1. Quenta Silmarillion 2. Ainulindale 3. Valaquenta 4. Akallabeth and 5. Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age.
The Ainulindale and Valaquenta parts (1st and 2nd) are about the Ea which is what Middle Earth is called and the various different Gods (if you can call them that) that reside and duel on Middle Earth. The third part is about the Silmarils, precious jewels made by an elf named Feanor and the various wars waged over them in the First Age. The fourth and fifth parts have to do with the Second and Third Age, the fifth part being a brief account of circumstances that led to Lord of the Rings.
If you are a really, REALLY big fan of Lord of the Rings and enjoy preludes of the sort, then you should maybe read this book. But other that that, I don`t really recommend it. It was pretty boring, and I really hate saying that but it`s true. It had it`s moments. The Quenta Silmarillion is a really good part of the book, and same with the Akallabeth which is the Fall of Numenor. You gotta hand it to Tolkien for his creativity on the creation of Middle Earth or Ea, he describes it as a song that is sung in harmony and broken to create other worlds. The book is hard to follow, it`s Tolkien's whole philosophy on Middle Earth so I think that's why it's hard to grasp. The only cool parts are that Elrond and Galadriel are in it, but they aren't mentioned very much. Once again, only if you are a really big fan of Tolkien's read this book....more
**spoiler alert** This 4th installment of the series picks up directly after the 3rd (The Dragon Reborn)and continues with all of our main characters**spoiler alert** This 4th installment of the series picks up directly after the 3rd (The Dragon Reborn)and continues with all of our main characters starting off in Tear. Rand now has in his possession the sa'angreal Callandor, the crystal sword that magnetizes Rand's ability to use the one power. However, the sword is extremely dangerous when used alone, which Rand often does without even knowing. Unfortunately for Rand, he truly has no other choice, considering the one power can be extremely tough for him to use on his own. The characters all start off in Tear but are not destined to stay together (are they ever together for very long?). Egwene, Nynaeve and Elayne have been dabbling in the dream world, Tel'aran'rhiod, with Egwene more than the other two furthering her dream skill abilities. Egwene quickly realizes that just like Rand needs a teacher for the one power, she requires a teacher for the dream world if she is be of any further help. She stumbles across a Wise One, the Aiel female equivalent of a channeler, and decides she must find a true Wise One for herself. Rand's destiny also lies in the waste, for just like prophecy predicts, he is to try his strength at Rhuidean. After he either dies or survives his trials inside Rhuidean, the fate of the Aiel and who is to lead them back to glory will be decided. Mat not really knowing where he is to go, tries out the ter'an'greal that both Moiraine, Perrin and Rand use to discover hints to their own futures. Mat is told he must follow Rand out into the waste, and obliges but regretfully. Moiraine and Lan follow Rand, Egwene and Mat into the waste. Perrin knows that the trolloc problem in Two Rivers has been getting increasingly worse. He decides he must go Two River's and rid his townsfolk of this increasingly burdensome and deadly situation. He also decides that Faile cannot come, for his worry over her dying or becoming injured because of him. Perrin is also deeply worried about his and the other's family situations in Edmond's Field. Loail decides to follow Perrin. The last split of all the character's involves Nynaeve and Elayne. They decide that since their captured and stilled Black Ajah captives are not giving them any clues as to where the other black sisters are, they must to find out for themselves. They follow a lead that brings them to Tarabon, a failed state where murder and raiding have become an every day occurrence. Here they must use the ter'an'greal in the shape of ring to search the dream world for clues involving the Black Ajah or the Forsaken. Tom Merrilin decides he will accompany Nynaeve and Elayne in their search. Only 3 Forsaken make an appearance in this book, but two of them are not mentioned until almost the very end. Rand discovers that the pretty lady that has come to visit him at random times throughout the third is actually Lanfear, arguably one of the most powerful. But her love for Rand as the incarnation of Lews Therin keeps her from killing him, so far. Min makes quite a few appearances in Tar Valon at the White Tower, pretending to be a floozy named Elmindreda (her actual name). Something extremely unexpected happens to the Amyrlin Seat and we see that the 5th installment of the book will have a lot to do with Min trying to save herself and Siuan.
It's difficult not to give too much away in this review but the last 100 pages are serious non-stop action. As these stories progress, they just get deeper, you understand more as you have more from the past books to build on. This book is the best one in the series so far. There are some good moments of Rand and the power and also a significant progression of the love stories that are evolving in the book. You get a lot of missing information on the Aeil's involvement in the Age of Legends and also on some of the Forsaken. You also get some juicy details as to who exactly is Forsaken in the next books and has been all along. Easy 5/5. Really really good installment to the series....more
This book is #3 to Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. The book is picking up where it left off after the Great Hunt. I forgot almost everything thaThis book is #3 to Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. The book is picking up where it left off after the Great Hunt. I forgot almost everything that happened but after the first couple chapters of this third edition to the collection I remembered.. (thank god).
We are met with our three separate groups that carried over from the 2nd book. The characters in these books always get jumbled up, mixed around and separated so you usually end up with a random assortment of the main characters and others eventually get added as well into the mix. For the first couple chapters we have Rand, Perrin, Moraine, Lan, Loial and Min. They are camped out quite a ways off from anywhere remotely important.. Camelyn, Tear.. just to name a few. Rand is becoming more and more frustrated with his growing unsteadiness with the One Power, and his wound in his side he acquired in the 2nd book is having a hard time healing. Perrin of course worries about his wolf powers and wolf dreams that seem to be taking up his sleep. Moraine and Lan await news every day from random travelers, and Min is being no more helpful by telling Perrin what she sees around him. Loial is of course busying himself with writing his book and studying everything around him. Things start to take off when Rand eventually runs away, and with Moraine's suspicions is apparently off towards Tear to take Callandor for himself, the sword that can only be touched by the true dragon reborn and the one that has been haunting his dreams.
The second group contains Mat, Egwene, Nynaeve, Elayne, Verin and a couple other Aes Sedai, and they are on their way back to Tar Valon. Eqwene, Nynaeve and Elayne are in quite a bit of trouble after abandoning the White Tower in the previous book to chase after Black Ajah. Mat is still extremely sick, probably the reason why he is in such close proximity to Aes Sedai considering the trouble he believes them to bring. The plan is to bring Mat back to the tower to hopefully be healed, and have the 3 women seek audience with the Amyrlin Seat to hear her verdict on their fates. While in Tar Valon, one of the supposed strongest cities in the land, strange things are happening. One instance where Egwene is almost shot with an arrow convinces her and the other 2 girls, including the Amyrlin that something is going on. There was already something going on since the escape of 13 Aes Sedai who are believed to now be Black Ajah, but the finding of the body of a Gray Man to confirms their worst fears. The girls are set out on a secret quest by the Amyrlin. Mat is thankfully healed, the dagger taken away and hidden in the depths of the White Tower. Mat is to take a letter from Elayne to her mother, Queen Morgase in Camelyn so that she is not to worry while she if off doing this daunting task for the Amyrlin. While Mat is on his way to Camelyn he encounters Thom Merrilin, who accompanies him to see the Queen who he still has a an intense crush on (formation of the 3rd group).
After these 3 groups are formed, the book falls into a random synchronized flow. The book involves lots of a traveling (as they all do) what actually happens be one particular place for everyone near the end, Tear. The theme of this book is heavily ladden upon dreams, everyone is dreaming of Rand, of the Stone of Tear, of Ba'alzamon, of Egwene.. the list goes on. Everyone is dreaming of everyone and dreams appear to be more and more life real life in this book. For example, you can get hurt in the "dream world" and come back to the real world just as hurt. I expect the emphasis of dreams to only get worse in the next book. Besides the boring filler from about, 2/5 to 4/5 throughout the book, the book was pretty good. Should probably read the next one soon so I don't forget everything that's happening. Can't wait to see how things are going to turn out with Rand in the next one. Him being reunited with Elayne should be interesting....more
This book picks directly up after the 2nd, we are inside the heads of Catelyn, Sansa, Arya, Bran, Jon, Sam, Dany, Tyrion, Jamie and Davos.
At the startThis book picks directly up after the 2nd, we are inside the heads of Catelyn, Sansa, Arya, Bran, Jon, Sam, Dany, Tyrion, Jamie and Davos.
At the start of the book Jamie is still on his way to King's Landing with Ser Cleos and Brienne to trade for Arya and Sansa. They are of course chased by people in control of the Riverlands but somehow manage to escape capture almost everytime, at the cost of Ser Cleos life at one point. They are eventually captured by the Goat, Vargo Hoat, the leader of the Brave Companions or as everyone else likes to call them the Bloody Mummers. He's really gross, has a lisp and is known for cutting off the limbs without any warning. He is instructed to bring Jamie back to Roose Bolton who has control of Harrenhal at the moment and is also one of Robb's liege lords.
Now in Riverrun Catelyn is locked up for freeing Jamie by Robb's liege lords, but Robb is not back yet to hold judgement. Her father is still very close to death and is still whispering strange names, a new one that has come about recently is Tansy. Catelyn has no idea who this Tansy might be and tries to find out to no avail. She finally gets to talk to Robb and he explains that he forgives her but that she must now forgive him for breaking his vows to marry a Frey. He has brought home his new wife Jeyne Westerling and what little men her land can spare. Catelyn is extremely concerned of what this will do to their relationship with the Freys because of Walder Frey and how highly he thinks of himself. Lord Frey of course finds out and is willing to forgive them and side with them once again if Robb apologizes and if Edmure marries his daughter Roslin. Edmure reluctantly agrees for the sake of the war and they ride off to the Twins to seal the deal.
Arya, Gendry and Hotpie have recently escaped Harrenhal and are trying to find their way to Riverrun. They are unfourtunetly captured by some bandits who owe loyalties to the Lord of Lightning, Beric Dondarrion. This comes as quite the surprise because he was what looked like killed by a lance at the King's Hand Tourney when Robert was still alive. The three bandits decide it is best to bring Arya back to him so he can decide what is to be done with her. On their way, Hotpie decides he will stay at an inn they slept at for a night and cook for the owners. Gendry later swears fealty to the Lord of Lightning himself. This of course enrages Arya and she refuses to speak to him. Beric decides he will take Arya back to her mother in hopes of a ransom. On their journey, they capture the Hound. Lord Beric fights the Hound himself to judge his innocence for all his crimes. The Hound wins his escape. Arya later tries to escape Lord Beric and his companions and is captured outside the stables by the Hound. He decides he himself will take her to her lady mother or she will probably never get there.
At King's Landing front, the start of the book explains the chaos that comes after the battle on the Blackwater. Tyrion is struggling with his injuries but somehow manages to survive. He is his sister had a hand in his almost death. He is extremely weak and now sadly even uglier then he was before due to the huge scar that has cut off half nose. He still hooks up with Shae whenever he can but not as much as he would like due to his concern for her safety. She remains his loyal and loving whore up until the end of the book. Tyrion is later accused of murder at his nephew's wedding and locked up.
Sansa is still having quite a bit of trouble in King's Landing with Cersei and constantly worries over the new Queen to be Margaery Tyrell. Joffrey is still harrassing her every now and then but it's definitely not as bad now that he's spending all his time preparing for his wedding. She's invited to a dinner with Margery which will have all her Tyrell family in attendance. They take kindly to Sansa and Margarey's grandmother even thinks they should take Sansa back to Highgarden to have her married to Loras and Margarey's crippled but gentle brother, Willas. However Tywin has other plans for her and decides to marry her off to Tyrion. Tyrion is instructed to bed her but cannot bring himself to do so, and swears on his honour as a Lannister that he will not touch her till she wants him too. Sansa remains courteous but cold until Joffrey's wedding feast.
After the battle at the Blackwater, Davos is shipwrecked on an island located somewhere out in the bay. He finds out to his misfortune that he not only stranded but he has lost his lucky knuckles that he keeps around his neck. He is thankfully rescued by the Lyseni pirate ship and brought back to Dragonstone, only to discover all 4 of his sons that took part in the battle are dead. He decides that he has to kill the red priestess, Melisandre, for he blames her for Stannis's defeat. She however knows somehow and throws him into the dungeons before he even gets near her. Stannis brings him out eventually and asks him to be his hand. Davos of course cannot deny his king and does his duty even thought he hates the red woman. He starts to learn how to read and write, and stumbles across a very interesting letter from the Night's Watch. He tries his hardest to understand it and bring it to the king's attention immediately.
Bran has decided that him and his loyal companions will travel the Wall and beyond to find the three eyed crow, a man who can apparently help Bran master his skin changer skills. Their journey is pretty uneventful except for the part when Bran senses Jon nearby in Summer's skin and saves him from some Wildlings. Bran himself didn't see Jon but he's positive he sensed him. At almost the end of the book meet up with Sam and Gilly at one of the many broken down holdfasts located along the Wall.
Beyond the Wall, Jon and Ygritte have grown extremely close. Jon loses his virginity to her and struggles quite a bit with his choice to be in a sexual relationship with her. Mance and his host grow closer and closer to the wall, and try to scale it to no avail. Eventually Jon ends up at The Gift, where he is not aware of at the moment but Bran and his group are actually hiding in the tower. Jon siezes this opportunity to escape the wildlings when a fight breaks lose. He does not get away unscathed though, he suffers an injury through the thigh from an arrow but fortuantely returns to Castle Black and his brothers.
Sam and some lucky 100 of the Night's Watch escape the Others attack near the Fist of the First Men and make it back to Craster's Keep. Craster is stingy as usual and gives the alive, injured and dying barely enough food to cope with the situation. The extremely stressful situation with the Others has caused the men to split onto two sides and eventually a huge fight breaks out. Mormount is among the slain. They eat and rape to their heart's content and then abandon Craster's soon after for the Others are undoubtebly on their way. Sam takes along Gilly, who has recently just given birth to a boy. They end up at the broken down holdfast where they meet Bran.
Dany is still looking for an army. She comes across a city known for it's Unsullied, eunuch warriors who no other warrior host can meet in obedience. She agrees to give up one of her dragons and everything on Strong Belwas's ships in exchange for the army plus all the slaves who are not yet unsullied. During the very end of the deal, she pulls a fast one and gets her army to attack the slavers she bought from and take over the city. They free all the slaves who can do as they like; either join her cause or stay where they are. She moves from city to city, killing the slavers, freeing the slaves and sacking the city. Finally she comes upon a city called Meereen where she decides she shall stay for a while and play at being a Queen.
This book is the best yet in the series. Many horrible, throw the book down things happen but the ending chapters totally make up for it. Take it from me, I stopped reading for a couple days many times. But when I reached the end it was all worth it. Thank you George Martin for keeping me hooked, definitely can't wait to read the 4th. Recommend this book for anyone who enjoys the Game of Thrones series, show or franchise itself. Read this book. You won't regret it.
Well there are now 4 kings in the land. Both of Robert's brothers, Renly and Stannis Baratheon, Robb Stark and Joffrey.
Theon now gets his own little seWell there are now 4 kings in the land. Both of Robert's brothers, Renly and Stannis Baratheon, Robb Stark and Joffrey.
Theon now gets his own little section of chapters, very interesting choice. But not without reason, his father has now decided to become a 'turncloak' and claim the Iron Islands, his home land, among others as their own, no longer to swear fealty to Winterfell. Theon likes to have sex with almost everything that walks. Theon has just returned home and not long after his sister returns as well who he mistakes as someone else and tries bedding. Pretty embarressing on Theon's part. Theon hates Asha for she is well loved by the people of the Iron Islands, and held in high regard by their cut throat father.
Back in the Red Keep, the queen grows more and more anxious with the battles being waged all over the land. Robb Stark the Young Wolf keeps seeming to win victories and she grows worried for poor Joffrey's safety. She is quite surprised that her lord father Tywin Lannister has given the position of the King's Hand to her halfman brother, Tyrion. But she can`t flat out deny her father`s orders. Tyrion has been forbade by his father to bring Shae to court, but of course he does it anyway. He works out an elaborate scheme to secretly find ways to spend time with her, with help from Varys the spider, who`s side we are never really sure he is truly on. The Queen`s? The Realms? Maybe a little bit of both. Joffrey grows crueler with each passing day, he's on quite the unsupervised power trip and likes to hit Sansa daily. Well he doesn't do it himself he gets his dog to do it, for anyone who doesn't know who the dog is that would The Hound, a retchid man who never leaves Joffrey's side. Sansa hates Joffrey more and more every day, quite the improvement in contrast with the beginning of the first novel. She's learning the hard way what the world is really like, and I feel terribly sorry for her being so innocent. She dreads the day of her first blood, which eventually comes and she becomes terrified for Joffrey had every intention of wedding her as soon as it came. Now for lord Baelish, he's missing for most of this novel. And i'm hoping that it will explain a little bit of where he was in the third one. He was sent to Bitterbridge to make alliances, and doesn't return till the end after all the fighting is over with. Hmm. Typical of him.
Renly and Baratheon both have pretty large hosts, and for some reason they can't get over their differences and join together, so they decide to fight eachother instead. Smart. Stannis being such a smart man in the ways of war has been corrupted by the Red Priestess. We also get introduced to another character, Daavos, who was knighted by Stannis when he saved Dragonstone in a siege. He's a pretty humble man, and Stannis values his opinion over most. Stannis eventually decides he is going to give up his gods and even change his emblem to that of one resembling the Lord of Light. Daavos knows this Red Priestess is bad news, and in the prelude an attempt is made on her life by a Maester but she uses magic to deflect the poison to his cup instead. Renly loves the finer things in life, and despite his being gay in the first season, has married the maid of Highgarden, Margery, to strengthen his ties to them. He holds tourneys and feasts despite the difficult times and is extemely loved by the people. We get a paradox here with the kings. Renly is loved by the people, but is so young he wouldn't really be fit for ruling. On the other hand, Stannis is disliked by the people for his cool nature, but his war and ruling edicate are practiced and refined.
Daenerys has been searching the wasteland she currently calls home with her Khalasar of old, crippled and to put it nicely, obsolete people. Her 3 dragons are alive.. but barely. They eventually end up in a grand city known as Quarth, very colorful and beautiful with lighter skinned people then the Dothraki. I'm wondering if these people are maybe a bit orient? If I had to guess? Anyway, they invite her and her Khalasar into the city with open arms. The 3 richest families in the city court her, in hopes and getting to know her, and more importantly her dragons better. She searches for a way, an army of ships, across the sea but to no avail.
Jon and the men of the Night's Watch have decided to take a journey beyond the wall in search of the evil that is awakening, and in hopes of finding some kind of clue as to where Benjen Stark dissappeared. They decide to camp out on a place called Fist of the First Men and wait for Eastwatch and Shadow Tower, who are taking longer then expected. They finally arrive, and tell of the battle with the Wildlings that slowed them down. Mormount agrees with one of the Night's Watch's legends, Quorin Halfhand that they should send out a scout party to find the gathering place of all these Wildlings. Jon Snow is among those picked to go with some of the best men the Night's Watch has.
Robb and some of his bannermen win a victory at Casterly Rock, where they took the rest of Tywin's host by surprise. Jaime is still captive and Catelyn goes for a little question period with him. She asks the truth about him and the Queen, and he gives it to her.
In Winterfell, Bran the Lord is in charge of Winterfell. He has reoccuring wolf dreams, with the familiar crow who keeps telling him to open his third eye. Interesting. We meet a Jojen and Meera, who are nicnamed the "Frog Folk" but they don't seem to mind. They see the future in something called "green dreams". They seem extremely loyal and grown up for their age. Rickon is still wild, and frequently throws tantrums. His wolf just as untamed as him.
Arya, as we know, is on the run trying to get back to Winterfell. She is unfourtunatley caught by the Mountain, the Hounds even more retchid brother, and her, Gendry and Hotpie are brought to Harrenhal to be slaves for Tywin`s massive host. Arya being the self righteous little girl she is, thinks of herself in many playful ways. She calls herself a little mouse, and when things start going her way she starts referring to herself as the Ghost of Harrenhal. So entertaining! Love her. We are introduced to Biter, Roque and J`quen Hagar, again. Men she saved from a fire in a barn when Yoren and the entire party she was with with him got attacked and slain. They somehow end up in Harrenhal but not as slaves. Arya schemes with J'quen Hagar to free a bunch of northmen slaves in the dungeons. Her plan works and all thanks to her, Harrenhal is retaken by Roose Bolton, a liege lord to Winterfell. She unfourtunatly still cannot reveal her true identity, and at first calls herself "weasel" and afterwards calls herself "nan". So funny, only Arya would do that.
I love Renly, and Brynn and Ser Loras Tyrell, they are all so loyal it just makes me so happy. I love the idea of Brynn and her being such a good knight. I also love the idea of her swearing herself to protect Catelyn, cause now I know I will defintely hear more of her! One moment in this book where i cried, has to do with Bran and Rickon. Tyrion`s witty quotes are of no lack in this book. Subtle hints of magic, shapeshifting.. amazing. Cannot wait for the third one! ...more
This book was hands down one of the best books I have ever read in my life. No wonder they made it into an HBO original series, it's absolutely incredThis book was hands down one of the best books I have ever read in my life. No wonder they made it into an HBO original series, it's absolutely incredible! This book has every exciting aspect of mideval fantasy that you could ever possibly want. George R. Martin's writing style in this book is not only easy to follow, yet still authentic enough to have a mideval feel, it makes it easy to relate too. Unlike some other styles of old writing (i.e. Robert Jordan or Tolkien), I feel you can relate more to the characters and what's going on because the wording and sentence construction isn't so foreign from ours today. I just wanted to point that out because I'm sure I'm not the only one who noticed it. This books definitely has the beginnings of a very twisted story. Even this first book can be a little hard to comprehend everything that's going on. But it's going on.. and it just gets worse. I appreciate Martin's risk in killing off beloved characters. I didn't think Eddard would die, I thought, there's no way he'll die!.. But he did. And it made me very, very mad. And wanting vengeance. Daenerys is one of my favorite characters, up until the end. I don't know if I'll like her in the next book. She seems to have gotten more and more brave slowly throughout the book, which I liked when she was standing up to Viserys. But The death of her Khal Drogo I think has pushed her over the edge. I'm pretty sure she's going to unleash "the dragon" now, especially with her new born dragon babies. I overall what I think everyone else wants, peace and happiness for the realm.. blah blah blah, and she is definitely not going to help. Jon is my other favorite character. His being a bastard and the most resembling Lord Eddard slaps Catelyn in the face, which is okay because she's a bitch and has absolutely no right to treat Jon the way she does. I know that he's living proof that her lord husband dishonoured her, but he's still a child compared to her, and she should know better. I lost respect for her because of that. I lost respect for Tyrion near the war breaking out parts.. I thought maybe, just maybe he would do the right thing and be on the Stark's side somehow.. but I was wrong. I think he could maybe redeem himself in my books.. but only if he does something gallant. I must say his nature with his whores is pretty interesting though. Cersei and Jaime.. where do I begin. Perfect on the outside, horrible monsters on the inside. They are only playing the game of thrones, but I'm pretty sure everyone hates them who reads this book. They (pardon my language) royally FUCK UP everything. I think I could go on forever about this book, because it's that damn amazing, but I'll save the rest for the next book I read in this series (which will be as soon as possible). An absolutely incredible piece of literature and a must read for all fantasy fans....more
This 5th installment to the series pick up almost directly, obviously, where the 4th one left off.
Nynaeve and Elayne are still traveling, looking forThis 5th installment to the series pick up almost directly, obviously, where the 4th one left off.
Nynaeve and Elayne are still traveling, looking for the meeting place of the Aes Sedai who have split off from the Tower since the hostile takeover and stilling of the Siuane and Leane, former Amyrlin and Keeper. After almost coming to blows with her step-brother Galad, a newly raised Children of the Light member, Elayne and Nynaeve narrowly escape being dragged back to her mother in Caemlyn, and make off in the concealment of a traveling menagerie. They arrive in Saldaea, where they run into Galad again. He however cannot escort them back to Caemlyn and instead decides the least he can do is find them a ship. Nynaeve and Elayne turn his help into helping them and find a ship that they take to the meeting place of the Aes Sedai. Thom and Juilin accompany them still, for the time being.
Rand and Couladin have one last epic battle on the plains Cairhien where Mat actually takes credit for a crushing victory. Mat's victory is the fault of his ever re-surfacing battle memories, knowledge he taps into when he least expects it. Mat was actually trying to flee the battle when he got sucked into the middle of it. After this battle it seems Mat has more of less accepted his fate as war general reborn, and after a firm talking to by Rand that Rand really does need his expertise, he has decided to stay for the time being. Egwene is still practicing her ability to dream walk and exercising her skills in Tel'aran'rhiod under the guidance of the Wise Ones. They more or less treat her and Aviendha with more respect then just pupils, and give them more free time. Moiraine has started to treat Egwene as an equal as well which she appreciates. The Wise Ones make Aviendha sleep in Rand's bedchamber every night, in hopes that Rand will fall in love with her and ask her to marry him. Aviendha is furious all the time because of this, but refuses to let Rand or anyone else tell the Wise Ones that marriage is the furthest thing from his mind. Rand and Aviendha's feelings for each other come to a boiling point and things between them seem to become smoother afterwards.
The end of the book is the best. Show downs between Moiraine and Lanfear, Rand and Rahvin and Nynaeve and Moghedien come to boiling points. Rand learns some more of the plans of some of the Forsaken, gets lured directly into the trap of one, and ends up on top thanks to the clever thinking of Nynaeve in Tel'aran'rhiod. Nynaeve overcomes her crushing fear of Moghedien after she outsmarts her. With Asmodean and Mat both deciding to accept their new fates, the book takes a turn that could put a couple more hands in Rand's favour.
This book is a very good filler, it gives a lot of back story on a couple of the Forsaken and even better whereabouts of where return characters are around in the book. Perrin and Faile are unfortunately not mentioned AT ALL in this book. This book focusing strictly on the meeting place of the new White Tower of Aes Sedai and Rand's battle with Couladin. Not bad topics, but there could be a little refresher on Perrin, his plans for the future, etc. Hopefully he reunites with Rand in the 6th. Overall, another amazing book. Got a serious addiction going on for these. ...more
Kushiel's Chosen, is the direct sequel to Kushiel's Dart, both by Jacqueline Carey. The back of the book says that this book has something for everyonKushiel's Chosen, is the direct sequel to Kushiel's Dart, both by Jacqueline Carey. The back of the book says that this book has something for everyone: love, intrigue, battle, conspiracy, betrayal.. the list goes on. If you have the read the first one and already like it, this one is no different. May be even better if you ask me.
Let's start with the title and it's significance. Kushiel is one of the Gods known to found the land of Terre D'Ange, one that has pricked our courtesan main character Phedre no Delaunay with a tiny red mote in one of her eyes. It can better be described as a rose petal floating on dark waters. Everyone recognizes her for this mote, but it is not that she is treated as a god, it is basically only used to recognize her as an anguisette. An anguisette is someone who is forced to experience pain and pleasure as one, which basically means Fifty Shades of Grey sex is what Phedre desires and responds to most. For anyone who doesn't get the metaphor, basically anything s&m would do for her. What does all this anguisette business mean for her? Phedre is a servant of Naamah. All this means is she is a very well trained call girl. Her being able to bring pleasure from pain, makes her a very desirable item for her patrons.
That was all book 1 explanation stuff. Let's get to the book 2 plot and character run down. I'm not going to explain everything completely.. if you're reading this review I'm assuming you've read the first one and know what I'm talking about, for the most part.
All the main Little Court players are back if they weren't slaughtered or exiled from Terre D'Ange during the events from the first book. Barquiel L'Envers, Percy de Sommerville, Ysandre and Drustan and Thelesis, are some of the more famous ones that come to mind. Ti-Phillipe, Remy and Fortun are also present who are better known as Phedre's boys. Joscelin is obviously still around as well. The book starts out with Phedre who has been appointed the Comtesse de Montreve, living happily with her three chevaliers and Joscelin. A happiness that is slowly turning into something else.. a desire to return to Naamah's Service. Phedre hasn't taken a patron since the events wrapped up in book 1, but has decided that now is the time to return. She not only wants to return on her own accord, she has a duel agenda and reason for wanting to return. It breaks Joscelin's heart, almost pushing him to the point of breaking, but Phedre must do this if she is to ever find out where the traitorous Melisande Shahrizai has disappeared off too, and who helped her do it. Melisande sent Phedre her sangoire cloak, a gift from Melisande when she was once Phedre's patron. She did all this after she had escaped being put to death for high treason. There is a traitor in the Little Court, and it is this court that the queen surrounds herself with. As long as this traitor remains unknown, Terre D'Ange and Ysandre de la Courcel are not safe. And neither really is Phedre. After the events in book 1, Phedre has no choice, she must find out who it is that helped Melisande escape. Phedre moves back to the capital of Terre D'Ange, where the queen resides and tries to gain audience. She also returns to the Service of Naamah, and doesn't do so without a huge splash at a fete the queen puts on just for her returning back. Following events lead her to La Serenissima, a well established coastal province with a completely different way of life. Phedre must overcome heartbreak, betrayal to the highest degree, and death, all to save her country that she loves and holds so dearly. Phedre encounters many different sorts people along this coastal strip of provinces, some of them being pirates, some La Serenissiman princes and some even oracles and priestesses of different gods. Phedre must overcome her self reliance and selfishness in all things in order to suceed, something that would prove very difficult for any other delicate courtesan of the Night Court. Phedre uses all the tools her deceased Delaunay taught her in order to find out what exactly is going on in La Serenissima.
Phedre's resolve in this book is ten fold of that in the first book, and I sympathize with her every step of the way. The author really makes you feel like you hold a connection with Phedre, and beautifully draws out her pain and suffering, and also happiness and pleasure throughout the book, so you are never bored reading it. The book literally never has a dull moment. There is always some sort of ploy and plot at play in the book. Every main character has an agenda, and you never know what that agenda is until it is laid out before you and happening. The book is VERY hard to predict, but at the same time, you can always get main gist of what might happen.. which makes the book amazing to behold. Any author who can give as much as she gives away, with you still having no idea what is really going on, until you have every piece of the puzzle, is very talented. Phedre definitely has to be one of my favourite book characters of all time. She is not only a beautiful and daring courtesan of the Night Court who came from comely beginnings at best. She is a strong-willed, extremely intelligent and attentive woman with a sense for adventure that rivals any man's. And on top of all of this, she is humble. I never want anything bad to happen to Phedre, but the gods have other plans for her. The conspiracy, adventure, intrigue and betrayal in this book can be a little hard to follow, but not to fret, it is always explained a couple times over who is league with who and what is going on. This is extremely useful, the conspiracies lay deep and intertwined in these books and it is important to drill the information being thrown at you into your head so you can understand the full monumentous scale of it. On to of all this political scheming, we have what Phedre was trained to do, which is please in the bed chamber. Her sex life is out of this world, and any person who has read the book would agree. This book has everything anyone could ever hope for in a fantasy book, and has made me look at fantasy in a completely different way. I thank Jacqueline for doing such an amazing job with this, and cannot wait to read the 3rd. Recommend for anyone who loves fantasy with a modern but classic twist.
A Feast for Crows, #4 in George R.R. Martin's A song of Ice and Fire series takes up right where #3 (A Storm of Swords) left off.. sort of. Life in thA Feast for Crows, #4 in George R.R. Martin's A song of Ice and Fire series takes up right where #3 (A Storm of Swords) left off.. sort of. Life in the Iron Islands, King's Landing, the Wall and now across the sea in Braavos is taken up in this book. Chapters are on various people from the Iron Islands including Asha Greyjoy and an introduction to Victarion Greyjoy, and our reoccuring favorites Jamie, Samwell, Arya and Sansa. New chapters for people include Cersei and Brienne.
There are a couple characters missing from the book, and some of the chapters are done in a little bit of different style. Once you reach the end all is explained.. "This one was a bitch." Martin decided to split the book in half due to it ending up to long. Basically you just end up with the the 5th and next book in series. Anyway, that is why the book has only received a 4 star rating from me. It was nonetheless amazing in it's own way, if not just because this series is an epic tale all on it's own and everything going on in it still keeps you begging for more, even if he did leave out a couple key characters.
The focus on King's Landing in this book gives the reader a good peek into what is unfolding between Cersei, the Queen Regent and her twin brother and captain of the King's Guard, Jamie. They are falling further and further apart, something that I couldn't be more excited about. I was extremely upset to learn that Cersei was actually going to have chapters in this book, but the ending makes up for it. The second biggest focus in the book would have to be on the crowning of a new king in the Iron Islands. The Iron Islander's struggle to find a new king has led them to use an old tradition known as a Kingsmoot, something unheard of for thousands of years. Asha and her uncle Victarion Greyjoy, along with the much hated One Eyed Crow are among the running. The Iron Islander's have conflicting views on what and where their kingdom should end up. Sansa and Arya are still alive and kicking. Not much happens with these two except maybe a little bit of character development which I am personally not unhappy with. Really hope Martin elaborates more on these two in the 5th installment. His choice to give Brienne of Tarth chapters, the once kings guard for Renly Baratheon, was a wonderful surprise. Her loyalty and determination are a much needed breath of fresh air after all the betrayal and double crossing going on in King's Landing, which we all know is always at the hands of Cersei. Brienne also meets a somewhat new character named Stoneheart, who is leader of a band of outlaws keen on conducting and carrying out justice. The epilogue of the 3rd book gives us a good hint as to who this character really is.. or was. We don't see the Wall or much of Jon Snow at all in this book. What we do get a little bit of is Samwell, Gilly and Master Aemon on their journey to Oldtown where things might be a little bit safer. The end of the book does leave you wondering what becomes of Samwell and the news he brings to Oldtown, I can only hope that things finally start to go in a little bit of a different direction for the fate of Westeros.
The book was really good. Jamie's growing, Arya and Sansa's adapting and fight for survival.. Brienne's encounter with Stoneheart, all very well done and going in the direction I hoped they would. This book left out a couple key characters that I was used to from the 3rd.. Daavos Seaworth and Daenerys to be more specific.. but it was needed. After everything that happened at the end of the 3rd book, this book was a great way to help pat down everyone's positions in the game of thrones played throughout the realm. This 4th book is also good for confirming deaths that may or may not have happened throughout the series. Everyone talks and has their own theories on who is and who isn't in the outlaw world in Westeros and it can get VERY confusing. The end of the book and the appendix are a good remedy for this. I can only hope that one of my all time favorites, Tyrion, makes a reappearance in the 5th. Job well done to Martin on this installment, but my expectations for the 5th are now running a little bit high. I'll only let him get away with missing out of some of the best parts of the series once.
Definitely read the book, don't even think about watching the series or waiting for it to come out to understand what's going on. You will have a MUCH better understanding if you read and contemplate the book. Make a map, make a list, it will pay off in the end. A book for fantasy lovers, but one containing a modern twist. So, I recommend it also for adolescences and those who love mystery/thrillers.. if they are willing to take the challenge. Can't wait to read A Dance with Dragons.