Stars: Four and a half of five.Review format: Summary and one comment. Summary:The War of the Five Kings is coming to an end. Robb Stark, Joffrey Baratheon, Renly Baratheon, and Balon Greyjoy are all dead, and King Stannis Baratheon has gone to the aid of the Wall, where Jon Snow has become Lord Commander of theNight’s Watch. King Tommen Baratheon, Joffrey’s eight-year-old brother, now rules in King’s Landing under the watchful eye of his mother, the Queen Regent Cersei Lannister. Cersei’s father Tywin is dead, murdered by his son Tyrion, who has fled the city. With these two men gone, as well as no longer having to deal with Joffrey, there are no more checks on Cersei and she is essentially Ruling Queen of the Seven Kingdoms in all but name. Now that Cersei finally stands at the height of power and her enemies are scattered to the winds, in a grim irony it quickly becomes clear that she is incapable of wielding the power she has killed so many to acquire, and she spirals into self-destruction.Meanwhile, Sansa Stark is still in hiding in the Vale, protected by Petyr Baelish, who has secretly murdered his wife Lysa Arryn and named himself Protector of the Vale and guardian of eight-year-old Lord Robert Arryn. (snipped from the bloated summary on wikipedia) Provenance: Family copy, reading for the first time, now that Dance with Dragon’s been published.
A Feast for Crows. I read this for the first time in July 2011 because it was finally time to catch up on the series with the publication of the fifth book. I’d gotten tired of all the characters dying, or not-dying, and stopped after book three.
So, why only four-and-a-half for book one? Umm, not sure why. It’s really, really good. Sansa continues to be annoying, and Cersei’s bumbling seemed a little out of character. Maybe I’d just expected too much from her.
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