Looking back, I can’t imagine why and how this book took so long to be told! George R. R. Martin is creating a greatThis one was hard to get through.
Looking back, I can’t imagine why and how this book took so long to be told! George R. R. Martin is creating a great story, that’s not the problem. The problem is that everything felt so slow and that everything dragged on and on and on.
I started reading this in June and didn’t finish until September. WTF.
Anyway, another epic adventure of our beloved and most hated characters.
Ramble thought time: (view spoiler)[ Where do I begin? I admired Cersei and Daenerys a lot more in this book than the previous installments. Their courage and will was actually incredible. Cersei broke down halfway through that walk but still. I probably would have pooped myself (and everyone would have saw) if I were forced to trek that distance IN FRONT OF THE PUBLIC naked. And I really admired how Daenerys gave up her love for Daario for peace. And then she fearlessly stood up to Drogon and ended up riding him! All rise for Queen Daenerys!! And then there’s Barristan Selmy! What an epic hero! I was so scared he was going to get cut in half by that whip. I cheered after Barristan slayed Khrazz. Speaking of things happening in Meeren, poor Quentyn Martell. I felt so bad for him, but at least he died trying, and I hope his father realizes that.
And somewhere else in Essos… Tyrion and Penny! I ship them, does anyone else? Tyrion’s adventures were the best part of the book. From King’s Landing to Magister Illyrio to Aegon Targaryen to becoming a slave and then a sellsword, only Tyrion would get away with things from his incredible snarky remarks.
THEON GREYJOY HOLY SHIT. He finally found himself, and he escaped Ramsay! Good job, I hope you never go back to Ramsay because FUCK that would suck.
Who else can I talk about? Jon Snow is not dead. I refuse to believe he is dead. Actually, I kind of ship him and Val together… but seriously, he can’t be dead. And another important character that I can’t forget to talk about is Aegon Targaryen and Jon Connington . I hope they win this game of thrones. I was rooting for House Tyrell but meh, move over, the real king is here. (hide spoiler)]
I would like more of this story, obviously. And Winds of Winter comes out…soon? I hope. I’ve been reading a new installment every summer since 2012. (Books 1-3 summer of 2012, book 4 summer of 2013 and book 5 now). WILL I BE ABLE TO READ WINDS OF WINTER NEXT SUMMER? Probably not.
A Dance with Dragons has just set up more suspense and climax for the EPICNESS that will soon resolve. I actually don’t know how this story will be told in 2 more books!
Long live the King!
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The most vivid dream I’ve ever had was crazy. It was filled with magic and blood and smoke. In my dream, I was in love with the enemy (as cheesy as thThe most vivid dream I’ve ever had was crazy. It was filled with magic and blood and smoke. In my dream, I was in love with the enemy (as cheesy as that sounds, I know). When the time came to kill him, I couldn’t. I dropped my weapon onto the floor, fell to my knees, and hoped he would be the one to end me because I just couldn’t kill him. No matter what he had done to me and my family, my world, I was still in love with him. I woke up crying and screaming. The entire thing was a mess, I was a mess. My nose was running, I could taste the snot in my mouth. I barley recognized myself in the mirror. My eyes swelled up the size of not normal looking eyes. I was drenched and my entire face was just fucked from crying.
My dream literally reminds me of the struggle between Karou and Akiva, the chimera and the seraphim. And throughout the entire time I was reading this book, I just couldn’t wait to see how the story was going to play out.
Laini Taylor, you are a magical creature, and I adore your story.
What I loved most about this book was Taylor’s ability to allow us to connect to the monsters and the angels. She has this amazing way of writing that makes us feel more than we should. Each perspective gives us a piece of the whole picture and I absolutely loved that! Honestly, it was genius. We see the world at large, we’re not just concerned with what the angels are doing or what the chimera are doing. And JESUS, the new characters that Taylor created were absolutely fucking amazing and just overall badass and beautiful. (view spoiler)[ Rath! I want more Rath! I refuse to believe he will never be resurrected. And I want more perspectives with Sarazal and Sveva. I ship Sarazel with Rath by the way, for some unknown reason. (hide spoiler)] And don’t even get me started on Liraz and Hazael. Taylor did an amazing job at developing those characters. In the first book, they were pretty much just there, but in this installment, MAN, did they grow on me. Hazael , especially. Oh Hazael, you are my favorite.
(view spoiler)[ Poor, poor Hazael! What an amazing character, I absolutely loved him. And then he DIEEEDDD! And, of course, when there are characters I like, there will also be characters I disliked. Fucking Thiago and Ten. The biggest difference between Jael and Thiago/Ten is that Jael is holy-balls intelligent. Thiago/Ten isn’t. They’re so fucking similar that I’m just going to group them together as a whole. That scene when Thiago almost raped Karou. HOLY BALLS. I was scared. I was so scared. God, Taylor does a great job at installing fear in you. TAYLOR YOU’RE AN AMAZING WRITER, TEACH ME YOUR WAYS. (hide spoiler)]
This book is absolutely brilliant. I don’t know how many times I can say that. Taylor is just so creative. The entire plot just kept rolling and rolling. But what really got me (in a bad way) was the act of rolling itself.
The reason why I didn’t really love this book was because of the pacing. I mean, it was pretty bad. I don’t know, nothing much happened and then too much happened, and then nothing really happened. At one point, I just wanted to give up reading the book because as interesting as it was, I was just waiting for the conclusion to happen. I was about to drop everything and Google the spoilers.
Okay, so here’s a thing: I know I talked about how cool all the characters were but I need to confess something. Our two main characters, Akiva and Karou, completely fell flat to me. This book was driven by all the characters minus the two forbidden lovers. Let me explain Akiva first. Akiva’s character was blatantly undeveloped. He was two-dimensional throughout the whole book, and I didn’t feel him at all. Whatever he did, I was just disinterested and going along with the story because fuck what he does. It was frustrating to feel so fucking disconnected to one of the main characters, and that took away a lot from the book. And what happened to Karou? I loved her so much in the first book, but something was off…
Regardless, this series is definitely one of the best young-adult literature I’ve read in a while. It hits you hard, and you won’t be able to stop thinking about the story and where it’s going.
My dream, the one I was talking about in the beginning, had no conclusion. I would never know if my lover killed me or not. Maybe we would have run away together, or maybe we would have died together. Even though I personally can’t feel the love Karou and Akiva have for each other, I know it’s there, and I’M SO CURIOUS on what’s going to happen next. Because as fucked up and weird as it sounds, I know what Karou’s going through. I know it sounds silly because my dream was, well, just a dream, but nothing had ever been more legit.
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If you have yet to pick up this book, you should do it as soon as possible. I haven’t read such gorgeous and lush writing in such a long time. Ah KrisIf you have yet to pick up this book, you should do it as soon as possible. I haven’t read such gorgeous and lush writing in such a long time. Ah Kristoff, how the FUCK do you do it?
What I loved most about this book (aside from fabulous characters such as Yukiko, Masaru, and Buruu) was the setting. Japanese steampunk. But it’s not steampunk the way you think steampunk is. It’s not all clockwork— it’s more than that. It’s the lotus. It’s the chi.
Do you want to know a little secret?
I had this dream a year ago. This dream took place in a “New Asia” kind of setting. It was all high rises and darkness because the entire city was covered with weed, smoke, and gin. And guess what, someone shared that idea with me! It was so fucking crazy, seeing an idea I had in someone else’s story. Honestly, the environment and the world that Stormdancer takes place in is so fucking fantastic. Someone needs to make a movie out of this book. The cinematography would be outstanding.
(Side: I love how this book is centered on the HUGE environmental issue that’s going around in Kigen City. I mean, people can’t leave their house without wearing fucking goggles and breathers. Honestly, coming from a tree hugger it probably means nothing, but this book stresses the nature as is).
Go read this book! That’s all I have to say. There’s a bit of everything for you: magic, weapons, FABULOUS CHARACTERS, love, demons, smoke, animals, Japananese culture, GOOD WRITING.
The writing puts you in the world. The writing makes you alive. The writing allows you to connect to the characters. The details of Kristoff’s writing are simply AMAZING.
Oh, and I do love the small bits of Japanese in this book. Very authentic, very cool, and very real.
(And the cover and the insides are very pretty. This book is very pretty).
(view spoiler)[ And now here is where I rant to you about the things I really liked in the book and the things that made me sad.
1. Masaru’s DEAD. Oh Jesus, I almost cried at the last scene. He didn’t have to die, he really didn’t. Of course, if he didn’t die, maybe Yukiko wouldn’t be the strong character that she is today. (Did Yoritomo’s sister die? She did, right?) I can’t believe he thinks he should have married Kasumi instead! NO NO NO. Naomi. I liked her from the few seconds of fame when the book addressed her.
2. I love how Yukiko evolved into such a strong character! Yukiko’s passive-aggressiveness in the beginning of the book really annoyed me, but bravo girl. You are brave and you are strong. Thanks for developing
3. Buruu! Also great character development. I love the relationship between him and Yukiko.
4. Kin. I was so afraid Kin was going to report Yukiko for being an Impure, but honestly this kid’s the best. He carried through what he was doing regardless of Yukiko’s disinterest for him. I felt so bad for Kin when he found out, but I side with Yukiko on this situation. (I probably would have done the same, maybe…)
5. Hiro. Did anyone even like this douchebag? I didn’t feel anything when he died. Or when he was first interested. I do like the concept of the sea-green eyes..
6. I thought Akihito was Yukiko’s brother for the longest time ever! (Until chapter 3), and then when I found he wasn’t, I nearly flipped shits. That’s what I get for reading too fast (I can’t help it, the book was good). Yeah, that took some time getting used to. I kept imagining Akihito around Yukiko’s age until I realized he was more around her father’s age…) (hide spoiler)]
Anyway, I shall be reading the second book when it’s not in hardcover. Cause that shit is like 30 dollars what the fuck.
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In life, there’s your past, your present and your future.
You can’t control your past, but you can conObviously, everyone has this thing called life.
In life, there’s your past, your present and your future.
You can’t control your past, but you can control your future. And in the interim, there’s just space. You’re just doing, because every time you read the next word in this sentence, there’s the future.
Fuck, did I just mindblown your brains out?
That’s why I don’t like judging a sequel.
You can’t be disappointed in a sequel just like you can’t be disappointed with your future because sometimes, it’s just out of your control.
That’s the thing with The Dream Thieves.
I feel disappointed, but I know I shouldn’t be because what else was I supposed to expect? What else was supposed to happen? It’s the future! Shit happens!
The reason why I loved the The Raven Boys was because of the characters. Ronan, Noah, Gansey, Adam. The four of them just fit together so perfectly, and with Blue in the picture, they became more human and more real. They became more than characters—they became people. God, I loved reading about the boys in the first book. I loved reading about their relationships with each other, how they talked, how they argued, how they ate, how they acted around each other, what clothes they wore, whatever.
But in The Dream Thieves, that was just absent.
Noah was basically nonexistent throughout this whole book, and I loved him so much!
This book was focused on the one and only Ronan Lynch—he completely shadowed the other characters.
Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against Ronan Lynch. I actually really like the kid. (view spoiler)[ And he’s gay for Gansey. Good. I loved that, fuck yeah! Let the fanfiction begin! Evil laughter mwahahaha. (hide spoiler)] I loved his character, and I really liked how we learned so much more about him in this book. The one thing I love most about Ronan is his relationship with Gansey. It was just so, so precious to me. I’ve never read anything like it before. It’s extremely rare to read these kinds of boy relationships, they’re just so absent in books, but Stiefvater does an incredible job forming their friendship together.
If only the author could focus on the other boys though, that would be great as well. Other than that, things are looking good. The plot was exciting and the writing in this book! Stiefvater has this beautiful writing style that I just fall into and come to admire so fucking much.
I cannot wait for the next book, man.
I’m so excited.
And for you readers who have read this book:
(view spoiler)[ The only character who was a big ass face was Adam. I think Adam’s evil. I hope he’s not, but I really think he will be. Or he might be one of those evil/not evil characters, just like real life. In real life, it’s hard to distinct the good from the bad, maybe he’ll be like that. Also! That scene with Blue and Noah! Holy fuck, that was adorable. Noah and his smudginess and cuteness. And who else guessed that Kavinsky was a dream thief? Honestly, I didn’t even know this guy was in the first book. I thought he was just a random ass character. I have nothing to say about the Gray Man and Maura. I think that was cute but again, random. Stievater just added another antagonist for the sake of adding another antagonist? But as I said, the future is just out of your control sometimes. (hide spoiler)]
And for you readers who have not yet read this book:
Go pick up The Dream Thieves because it will blow your mind away.
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Throne of Glass is supposed to be a young adult version of Game of Thrones. But just because GoT is the current most popular fantasy book and T Throne of Glass is supposed to be a young adult version of Game of Thrones. But just because GoT is the current most popular fantasy book and ToG is a fantasy book doesn’t mean readers who like Game of Thrones will also like Throne of Glass.
Get your shit together, marketing team.
This book was probably the most ridiculous fantasy story I’ve ever read in my entire (young) adult life. It was your usual paranormal romance with the whole love-triangle garbage, except paranormal was just replaced with fantasy. There’s nothing wrong with this, actually, I don’t mind it. In fact, (I’m pretty sure I’ve said this in a past review before) I would love to read a book like that IF AND ONLY IF the author can do it well.
Key word is well.
Of course Maas just fails at putting all these pieces together. She fails at developing a romantic relationship between these characters and fails at crafting and delivering a good story.
To be perfectly honest, it felt like the author wrote this book for jokes-sake. It felt like Maas wanted a reason to create a fantasy/love-triangle story so she threw in the dumbest characters and the most illogical plot line and mixed them together with a spoon.
It doesn’t make sense.
The King of this World wants a lackey to do his dirty work. Okay, sure. But in order to get this lackey, he’s going to arrange a competition so the King owes this lucky winner for the hardships he/she will be going to go through? Wait, what the fuck?
Why is this even necessary? If you were the King of the World, why would you want to owe anyone? And most importantly, why would you give a shit about this lackey in the first place?
Why couldn’t the King just pick some random ass person and not give a fuck about his/her life. Why would he waste precious time and money for this competition? Sure, he has a lot of money, but he doesn’t have a lot of time. I mean for fuck’s sake, this competition includes a month’s worth of training! Wouldn’t the King of the World want a lackey as soon as possible? Would he truly waste time like this? Doesn’t he have a war to win? A rebellion to put down? People to enslave? Animals to kill?
I’m confused. I just want to know why the King held this competition.
This may seem like a small complaint, but the only reason why this book exists is because of this competition. As I said before, it really feels like Maas just created this random aspect of the story so there could be a story.
So moving on, in order piss off his father, Prince Dorian arranges the World’s Greatest Assassin Calaena Sardothein to be HIS champion for the competition.
And speaking of Prince Dorian, HOLY INSTALOVE! AND HOLY SHIT WHY IS HIS NAME DORIAN?
Same goes for Captain Chaol Westfall, holy fuck, look at that Instalove! do its thing.
There was no reason for Prince Dorian and Captain Westfall to instantly fall in love with Calaena. There was so little development in the relationship between Dorian and Calanea as well as the relationship between Westfall and Calanea that this whole love thing came out of nowhere.
It’s like shopping in your favorite department store and tripping on a tree branch when you spot something cute on the racks.
What the fuck?
Exactly, that wasn’t supposed to make sense.
This love thing came out of nowhere. Why are the two so jealous of each other? And how come Captain Westfall just randomly likes Calanea? Westfall had so little read time and so little character development that him liking Calanea was just out of place, out of character, out of life.
Dorian I can understand a bit, but Westfall???
WHAT THE FUCK.
Maas focused way too much on the badly developed romance that the entire book was revolved around these three characters and their (lack of) romantic tension with each other. And that added jack shit to the plot line.
And lastly there’s Calanea. She’s the most dangerous person on the planet, yet she doesn’t hear a damn thing when Westfall and Dorian are outside her door, demanding her love while she’s sleeping. If you’re a trained cold-blooded assassin, aren’t you supposed to be better than that? Eek, god jesus. She's just a failed character. She's not good nor realistic for the person she's supposed to be.
I give up, Maas, I’m done.
Take my money and leave me alone.
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George R. R. Martin is one of the best storytellers ever.
His work is just so damn easy to get lost in. The world he created for his readers is just sGeorge R. R. Martin is one of the best storytellers ever.
His work is just so damn easy to get lost in. The world he created for his readers is just so immense and so magical. Can I have a vacation in Westeros please? Although I’m not sure if right now would be appropriate, considering all this death and evil lurking about. And the characters! Each and every character has their own story and I loved them, regardless how stupid or glorious they were.
I don’t know man, these books are definitely something special.
And again, if you had read this book, you are welcome to read my stream of consciousness: (view spoiler)[ I feel so bad for Sansa! But I really like her development as a character, and when she acknowledged Jon Snow as her brother, I almost cried. It was too beautiful. Do you think Brienne actually died? That would be so cruel, but you know Martin, any character can just die. But that’s why I love these books so much, you just don’t know what’s going to happen. I still ship Jaime and Brienne now that Jaime and Cersei’s relationship is basically over. CATELYN STARK, WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU? But Catelyn isn’t Catelyn. It’s that dark magic—resurrection. And Arya! Poor, poor Arya! I hope she’s not actually blind, she’s too young to be blind! I do agree SHE doesn't have the right to kill Dareon, but he did desert the Night's Watch. I loved Cersei’s storyline, and her power struggle with Margery was so fun to read. Yes, fun, is the right word to describe it. I do think Cersei is crazy, and as I mentioned in my status update, she reminds me of Azula. They’re both crazy and evil. It sounds innocent-- Cersei just wants the best for her children, but she's stopping at nothing and she's doing it all wrong. BUT MARGERY, YOU ARE A SLUT? I don't how I feel about her. Seems to be me that Tyrell kids just get more and more annoying. Now the story with the Iron Islands and Dorne was very interesting. I really liked how Martin took us to these locations in the Seven Kingdoms that were never really touched upon in the previous books. ALL IN ALL, I CAN’T WAIT TO READ THE REST OF THE SERES AND SEE CERSEI ROT. Poor Tommen and poor Myrcella :( (hide spoiler)]
Because I can fly through these books, I won't be picking up A Dance with Dragons until next year. Maybe after season 4 comes out. To be honest, I am not down to wait years for the sixth book to come out so we're taking it slow.
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I love her writing. There’s something so poetic yet so straight to the point about it. Her writinI want to write like Maggie Stiefvater.
I really do.
I love her writing. There’s something so poetic yet so straight to the point about it. Her writing is magical. It really is.
The way she writers her characters. The way she writes feelings. The way she writes action. You are in the story, no matter what.
What I loved most about The Raven Boys regarding the writing was the point of view she chosen. It just so worked so well for the entire story! Third person past tense! Who would have guessed? I’m so used to reading and writing in first person present tense that this was so incredibly refreshing.
The way Maggie expresses each character with this perspective was just so well done. She carefully chooses each character for us to read and by using third-person, we have all the wishy washyness of first-person eliminated and we are presented with an actual human being. We are seeing him for who he really is. And JASDJFA;KSDJF;ASDFAKLSDJ WAH IT WAS SO FUCKING GOOD. Maggie is so just gifted at writing! We get invested in each character while following the overall story arc at the same time! Yo, that’s really hard to do.
Kudos to you, Stiefvater.
Because of the way the The Raven Boys is told, I swear I have a bond with each and every character.
And let me tell you, these characters were so real and wonderful and… colorful, for a lack of a better word. There’s so much more to them than you think.
Gansey, Ronan, Adam, and Noah are all so complicated.
And that’s why I love them. Because they aren’t perfect. They’re far from perfect, yet their imperfections make them perfect. I love how Stiefvater brings that reality to a magical and fantastical story.
Can I have attractive boy friends like the Raven boys? Ha!
Now let’s talk about Blue. I really like her. I’ve come to really admire her character, actually. The thing with Blue, however, is that she really reminds me of Grace from the Wolves of Mercy Falls series. That’s not necessarily a bad thing because I do love Grace, but Blue’s voice eerily jogs such a memory of Grace. Recycling similar characters is just a big MEH for me. I really don’t think the author intended on recycling Grace, but it does sound like it. (A bit).
BUT THANK YOU, MAGGIE STIEFVATER, FOR NOT FOCUSING ON ROMANTICAL (this is not even a word) ASPECTS I THOUGHT THIS BOOK WOULD HAVE.
Yes, shippings will start from the first book, obviously, but I love how Stiefvater didn’t focus on the romance development (yes, I coined this phrase a while ago) between Blue and Gansey. (view spoiler)[ What I loved most about the romance was Adam and Blue’s little thing. It was cute and unexpected, because we’re all thinking about Blue and Gansey, right? I loved that surprise. New concept. I’ve never seen that before. BUT WAIT! Love triangle coming up? Hmmm… (hide spoiler)] It was nice and I didn’t mind at all. In fact, I actually LOVED reading the relationship between all four Raven boys instead. <3 (view spoiler)[ When Ronan beated up Adam's dad, I was just screaming FUCK YEAAAAH. Okay, who else predicted Noah's fate? I thought he was going to be evil or something, but I really liked him from the beginning haha! He reminded me of Itachi from this fanfic I read a while ago LMFAO. Who is your favorite Raven boy? I honestly love all of them! Though I think Adam will become evil. I think I like Ronan a bit better than Gansey even though I want to like Gansey. Makes sense? (hide spoiler)]
ANYWAY, I LOVE THIS SERIES. THAT'S ALL.
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It's a bit ridiculous actually, because I know they're full of adventure and lust and blood. If only I couldI almost always never remember my dreams.
It's a bit ridiculous actually, because I know they're full of adventure and lust and blood. If only I could remember them and write something really good and get a bijillion dollars from my precious work….
I only get flashes and bits and pieces of my dreams, like flying and soaring through the midnight sky and going through walls, being chased by creatures of the night while trying to maintain my invisibility, (you know, the usual) but that's it.
But reading Touch of Power was like having one of my magical dreams. The characters! The world! The breathtaking writing (Well there really is no writing in my dreams). Everything about this book was PERFECT.
The world-building was perfect, I love this fantastical world with all its mysterious creatures and magicians! There is no instalove. In fact, the novel takes over the course of several months. The content is a bit more mature, not aimed for girls with training bras, which I really loved. (SEXY TIME, fuck yeah!) The adventures all these characters go on make my heart GO INSANEEEE, actually. The plot is crazy! You will never be able to predict anything. Synder throws surprise after surprise after surprise that you're surprised you're still fucking being surprised. The writing never slowed down or rushed, but it still carried that fast-paced momentum that could have easily started a heart attack. Oh, and these characters! They are so real and understandable and they become so admirable and lovable. All I want to do is hug every single one of them. Seriously! The thrill you feel for them, the pain you feel for them, the happiness when you feel for them!
I did cry while reading this book.
Emotional me came out of her shell and I loved IT.
WHY didn't I give this book a complete five star out of five?
Well, ladies and gents, it's because of the romance! I know right?
There was something off about it. Something wrong. It was a wrongness (Haha! Yes, I totally just borrowed that description from Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone ). There was something so fucking weird about the love going on that I was just… cringing for a lack of a better word. I can't describe it. Yeah it was cute and yeah it was all this and that. But. It wasn't at the same time. Something off. Yeah. I'm probably making zero sense right now.
Hopefully, that mess will all work out in the second book. Please, though, because I am SO FUCKING excited for the rest of the series.
I LOVE YOU, MARIA V. SYNDER.
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Characters, and characters, and characters, and characters.
I applaud George R. R. Martin for making these characters seem so real. That's actually prCharacters, and characters, and characters, and characters.
I applaud George R. R. Martin for making these characters seem so real. That's actually pretty hard to accomplish, considering there are so many voices in this book.
Oh, these characters, from the good, the bad, and the ugly, you guys are such suckers and winners.
(view spoiler)[ Now welcome to my stream of consciousness. BRIENNE AND JAIME <3 OTP. And why is JON SNOW so fucking perfect? EVEN HIS IMPERFECTIONS ARE PERFECT! I know I didn't really like Ygriette, but I felt really bad for her after she died, so maybe she should have lived. SER LORAS, YOU ARE PISSING ME OFF. You're dumb. If you really liked Renly, you would've seen how much more Brienne loved Renly. God, you're ANNOYING. Where is your gallantry? Damn you, fake ass. TYRION, you actually became a kinslayer. Not sure how I feel about that...I know your dad was a douchebag, but still. However, I liked how you cared for Sansa, even though she didn't give two shits about you. THANK MARTIN LYSA DIED. I would have killed her myself by....by stabbing my book into pieces? Littlefinger is evil. Oh, I know. I read some spoilers about him, and I'm not liking it. I feel so bad for Sansa, my heart aches for her! I still really like her, but I feel terrible for her. I just want Sansa to be with Arya again. Oh, I really want Sansa to acknowledge Jon as her brother. She claims she's alone in this world, but she's stupid. She has Jon. ACKNOWLEDGE HIM, YOU POOR CHILD! SER JORAH, I totally knew you were going to betray her. One for love, remember? I'm not too sure if all that was coherent, but I'm loving this. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I actually liked this book a lot more than the first one.
Ahhh characters and characters and characters and characters. That's why this series is so goI actually liked this book a lot more than the first one.
Ahhh characters and characters and characters and characters. That's why this series is so good. You read from different characters' point of view and no one's a true villain anymore. Everyone's too complicated. Everyone's got baggage. I love it.
A fantastic continuation to the epic A Song of Ice and Fire series. ...more