As most of you know, I have been reading the series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. Well the reason for a lack of posts is not due to me being busy with work or the holidays. Instead, I have been consumed with books three and four of the series.
A Storm of Swords
So far this has to be my favorite book of the series. It just constantly surprises you. Martin seems to give us more variety of POV characters. Obviously, since he has a habit of killing them in the first two books.
At the beginning of the book I truly hated Jaime Lannister. There was absolutely nothing to like about the guy. Yet his constant berating of Brienne and his explanations as to why he broke his vows seem to give him a whole new range. Then he does the unthinkable, after losing his hand he goes back to rescue Brienne from being raped. From that point on I was convinced he was a character I would like.
Plenty of death though. Unexpectedly Robb Stark is murdered along with his mother, although Bran and Rickon are fine, so no worries there. Arya is captured by just about everyone and then escapes on a ship toB Braavos. Really though, has one family ever been through so much crap before?
There was no sweeter moment in the book though than when Joffrey finally bit the bullet. The more shocking result of that death was definitely Jaime freeing his brother Tyrion. Amazingly enough, Tyrion sets out and kills his own father. I actually had to reread that to make sure I was not imagining things.
Each chapter of the book was great and it was almost impossible to put down at times. Which led me to buying the fourth book immediately and finishing it in a few days.
A Feast for Crows
This is the book that people seem to dislike compared to the others. I know that Greg only gives it two and a half stars in his review, but I did not have the same complaints. I found the book just as engaging and actually thought it was interesting on the character choices Martin decided to use as POVs.
Jaime became my favorite character of this book. I feel bad for him at times, yet he still shows signs of being a no good son-of-a-bitch, which is not a bad thing. His ending is great, with him not responding to his sisters cry for help.
The saddest part of the book comes from Brienne. She is on a quest to find Sansa, a quest given to her by Jaime, who wants to keep his promise to Caitlyn Stark. Brienne never finds the girl, instead she is captured by the resurrected Caitlyn. She is giving the option to either hang or use the sword Jaime gave her to kill the Kingslayer. Brienne refuses to harm Jaime, and she dies for it. Or does she? I do hope that she makes it out alive.
My favorite parts were actually told from Sansa’s POV. Littlefinger’s scheming amazes me. The fact that he has been setting up for Cersei’s demise is awesome. When he tells Sansa of his plan to marry her off so that her husband becomes the Lord of the Vale, and they reveal her true identity, that would mean they would rule the Vale and the North. Not a bad seat of power.
After reading some of the internet rumors and theories, I can proudly say that I am not the only one to come up with the idea that Jon’s parents are Lyanna and Rhaegar.
It seems that the prince of Dorne was trying to wed his daughter to Viserys, but he died. Apparently he was going to restore the rightful king to the throne somehow. Or at least jump on the bandwagon if Viserys had returned with an army. I wonder if his plan is still the same and if that is why his son is now out that way. Maybe not marry Dany, but instead pledge allegiance to her.
I do not believe that Arya will be permanently blind. I think this will be a way of teaching her a lesson. Or maybe not. At this point it would not surprise me if she died or if she became a master assassin or she somehow ended up commanding the Others. I did enjoy that she kept herself in check when hearing Lord Snow, unlike Sansa.
Anyways, no one in the world knows when the next book will be out. It seems like it keeps getting pushed back. Hopefully soon though. I do not know if I can start another series at the moment, this one has drained me.