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Review: George R. R. Martin – A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow

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George R. R. Martin - A Storm of Swords: Steel and SnowOur holiday to the caravan was the perfect opportunity to sit down and make some good progress through this series. I really just want to get to the end so that I can finally start to watch the TV series and talk to my best friend about it all without telling her off all the time to try and avoid spoilers.

This book had way more twists and turns than the last one, there were so many times when I was completely shocked that something was about to happen, and then Martin did a complete 360 and it didn’t happen after all. Like when it looked as if Daenerys was going to sell one of her three dragons, I was absolutely flabbergasted that she would do such a thing, and totally relieved when it turned out that she had another plan up her sleeve all along.

My favourite character still has to be little Arya, I’m really just waiting for the moment when she’s finally re-united with her family, I just hope she’s not one of the many characters who seem to meet the sharp end of Martin’s pen and meet an early demise.

I never really liked Sansa, but I do now feel a certain level of sympathy for her having been married to Tyrion. Don’t get me wrong, I do actually really like Tyrion as a character, but he’s most definitely not the kind of husband that Sansa has been dreaming of all her (short) life, and I also don’t think that she’s the kind of bride that Tyrion would have picked for himself either. I’m looking forward to seeing where that storyline is headed.

According to my Kindle, I’m now almost 50% through the entire series, and in my opinion, it just keeps getting better and better. Once I’ve stopped reading, I sometimes find it hard to get back into the book again, but once I’ve been sat down and reading for ten minutes or so, it feels like I never want to put it down again, I get so immersed in the world.

4/5

Review: George R. R. Martin – A Clash of Kings

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20140628-081516-29716722.jpgWell I actually started reading this book last year, right after I started reading the first book, but I got a little overwhelmed and gave it up. But I was ready for it this time. My dad bought the set on Kindle last year, so I signed in with his kindle account on my iPad so I could read the books without carrying them around. No need to fill my handbag with an 800 beast!

Rather than start from the middle where I gave up last time, I decided I’d be better reading it from the start, and I’m glad I did because there was a lot of stuff that I’d forgotten about. As you probably know, Game of Thrones is kinda epic, with a lot of characters involved. At first this can be quite overwhelming, but you get used to it quite quickly.

I did have favourite characters and characters whose chapters I looked forward to reading, the main three were Arya, Bran and Tyrion. And while I liked the whole book, I didn’t like the chapters of Catelyn or Daenerys as much. From seeing the trailers from the latest TV series (4, I think), I know that Daenerys is supposed to become a very strong character, so maybe she’ll grow on me. I’m holding off on watching any of the TV programme until I’ve read all of the books so I don’t spoil it for myself!

I liked the fact that in the book you don’t always see things first hand, so you might only find out that something major has happened to one character through the conversation of another. This caught me out late in the book when I thought one of my favourite characters had died, and I spent the next few chapters panicking that it was true and praying it wasn’t!

I have to say, I have no idea how one person can imagine a story quite as epic as this, I’d love to see what was going on inside Martin’s brain when he dreamt up this story. Can’t wait to crack on with book three now!