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Review: George R. R. Martin – A Storm of Swords: Blood and Gold

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George R. R. Martin - A Storm of Swords: Blood and GoldWow wow wow wow wow!

(Be warned, this post contains spoilers. If you haven’t read this far yet, click away now!)

Somehow, these books keep getting better and better. If I hadn’t had to go to work, I could have carried on reading all day, I was so enthralled in what was happening. There have been more twists and turns in this book than any so far, and plenty of times when I’ve wanted to throw my iPad against the wall because I was so appalled at what Martin had done to my favourite characters.

No more so than when I read the Red Wedding. If I wasn’t on my lunchbreak sat at my desk in a busy office I could have cried when Robb and Catelyn died. And when it looked like poor Arya would never get away from the hound, I had all my fingers crossed that she’d eventually be free. I could go on and on about all the times when I dismayed at Martin’s choices, but we’d be here all day!

I am glad though that I’m finally starting to warm to Daenerys. I always found myself reading her chapters without the same level of involvement as all the rest, but I don’t feel quite that way anymore, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing what happens when her dragons are full grown.

I would love to make some guesses about what is going to happen in the next book, but I honestly don’t think there’s any point. The series is so unpredictable that I’d almost certainly never be right. But whatever happens, I just know that it’s going to be just as much (if not more) of a page turner than the last four. Even if it is almost 800 pages long!

5/5

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